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Overthinking Line Combinations

The Predators are off and running in the new season. Two wins coming out of the gate is hard to complain about. Even though, let’s be honest, games they should come out victorious most of the time.   An intriguing talking point has risen when Laviolette switched up the line combinations after a lackluster performance by the team in the second and third periods of the first game...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bylsma's small change revolutionized James Neal's game

The Players' Tribune has been full of great insights from athletes ever since its inception, giving readers an entirely new look into the world of sports. There are many lessons to learn from the posts on that website, and a recent story from James Neal showed just how important a minor change by a coach can be on an athlete's career.For Neal, the coach who made the biggest difference...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

If you hate diving and embellishment in the NHL, you’ll be pleased to know that the league has handed out their first fine for diving. James Neal of the Nashville Predators was the lucky recipient of the $2,000 fine for embellishment after he dove against the San Jose Sharks back on December 13th. Neal was slapped in the pants with a stick and received a minor penalty for embellishment...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins rumor round up: James Neal

Will James Neal be traded? Did Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal asked to be traded?  The answer differs depending on who you listen to. Late Thursday night, several reports surfaced indicating that right wing James Neal asked General Manager Ray Shero for a trade midway through the 2013-2014 season.  Neal, who has become the subject of some pretty serious trade rumors since...
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Hang James Neal Out to Dry by @ChicksDigHockey

From time to time NHL teams will loosen their belt and allow fans brief access to a player on social media. Yesterday, the Penguins featured such an event with #AskNeal People were invited to submit questions on Twitter for Neal to then answer during a predetermined period of time.Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictably the Penguins twitter #askneal campaign is a disaster

If we had to describe the Penguins twitter account in a phase, it would be “out of touch with reality.” To further that point, the account asked for questions for James Neal. Yikes Have you always wanted to know Nealer's favorite thing about Geno? Ask him this (or anything else) using #AskNeal! — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 24, 2014 As...
Via The Pensblog
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: James Neal cross checks Red Wings forward in face

Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal played in his 400th career game on Thursday night, but his actions during the second period might result in him missing a few of his team’s upcoming contests. Neal was given a minor penalty after cross checking Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening in the head. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety likely will review the hit and determine...
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

James Neal Might Get Suspended Again

I think it's safe to say that it might end up being a rough week for Pittsburgh Penguins' winger James Neal. First, Neal had an outside shot to replace Steven Stamkos on Team Canada for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He was not chosen...Martin St. Louis was. Not a big surprise, but obviously still a let down for Neal and Pens fans. Go ahead, read the rest »
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Canada: the case for James Neal

When Hockey Canada announces it’s roster for the upcoming 2014 Olympics in Sochi on January 7th, Penguins forward James Neal will most likely not be on it. But he should be. Neal, along with fellow teammate Chris Kunitz, are both considered  bubble players to make Team Canada, which boasts a  stacked roster, especially at forward, and many perceive Neal to largely be the beneficiary...
January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: Mid-season report card

James Neal has emerged as an elite goal scorer once again. Tuesday’s Penguins game vs. the New Jersey Devils was Pittsburgh’s 41st of the season, the exact halfway point of the 2013-2014 season, and what better way to commemorate the mid-season mark than with a mid-season report card. Where they stand: With a 29-12-1 record, the Penguins sit atop the Eastern Conference as well...
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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