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Penguins’ Neal out at least two more weeks

Oct 20, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

James Neal AP

Penguins fans are going to have to wait a bit longer to see James Neal back in action.

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the goal scoring winger will miss at least two more weeks with his upper body injury. Neal was placed on injured reserve on October 15 after re-aggravating an old injury.

To the Penguins’ credit, Neal’s injury hasn’t slowed them down much in thanks to the play of, you guessed it, Sidney Crosby.

They’re 7-1-0 on the season and only the San Jose Sharks have scored more goals (39 to Pittsburgh’s 31). Crosby, meanwhile, leads the league in points with 17 and is tied with four players atop the league in goals with seven.

Neal was injured on October 3 against the New Jersey Devils, the Pens’ first game of the year, and played just 3:49 of that game.

  1. killerpgh - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Whatever is hurt hopefully will be fully healed with the time off and not a lingering shoulder issue that will effect the sniper for the rest of the year. When Neal is in the lineup the 2nd line of Neal – Malkin – Bennet/Jokenin is a legit top line for a lot of teams.

  2. rushledger - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    This does suck but I’d rather him take his time with the injury, no need to hurry back the way the pens are playing plus it being so early into the season. The same goes for letang.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    PS,Neal wasn’t really injured against New Jersey. He was already a game time decision going into the game and obviously underestimated the extent of his injury by trying to play through it.

    And I think it’s a wrist injury. They showed the Pens entrance at the home opener and they showed Neal in a frame where they were “looking up” at him and you could see through the separation of his jersey and gloves that his wrist was all taped up. That’s not something he usually does so I assume it’s probably related to his injury.

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