Neal hasn’t played a single game since opening night where he sustained a lower body injury against the New Jersey Devils on October 3rd.
Last season, Neal played a total of 40 of the 42 games on the lockout-shortened schedule. During that time he scored 21 goals and 15 assists for a total of 36 points. He also maintained a plus-5 rating.
He has not been able to practice with the team since. This could lead one to believe that there is no timetable for a return, with a possibility of a long-term absence.
So far this season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Toronto native has scored three goals in the three appearances that he’s made. He also has a plus-2 rating with only two penalty minutes.
The 5’11” left winger was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks during the offseason.