Mar 9, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) jumps the boards to start his shift against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Penguins beat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins Place LW James Neal On Injured Reserve

There is bad news for Pittsburgh Penguins Fans today. is reporting that the Penguins have placed left wing James Neal on Injured Reserve.

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.

With right wing Beau Bennett also being injured, this is definitely going to mess with line chemistry heading into their matchup with the Edmonton Oilers tonight.

The Penguins have recalled left wing Harry Zolnierczyk from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

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.

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