The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without the extremely-productive James Neal indefinitely after the ahead sustained a concussion. Dan Bylsma confirmed the news Friday.
Neal sat out apply Thursday with what the team termed a maintenance day, however clearly there was extra to it than that.
Accidents have followed Neal this season, as he has already missed 21 video games of the 2013-14 campaign. He has remained a prime scorer for the workforce, nevertheless, posting forty nine factors in 44 video games including 22 objectives.
The Pens remain far and away the highest team in the Metropolitan Division, however are in a tight race with the Boston Bruins for the top total seed and guaranteed house ice throughout the Eastern Convention playoffs. The streaking Bruins at present have a one-level benefit over the Pens.
As with any concussion, the level of uncertainty in recovery is all the time a concern. Not knowing when Neal will be back is at all times a concern. After all, it may very well be a brief-term subject as properly and subsequently not as worrisome.
The Pens are coping with various accidents, as they seemingly have all season (for the previous couple of seasons), together with one to Chris Kunitz. The Penguins top-line left wing ran right into a aim submit with his leg. He additionally missed practice Thursday for a “upkeep day” however his status for Saturday's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers remains unclear.
With the Penguins relative lack of depth, losing two of the highest wingers they have for any amount of time can be troubling, but contemplating there's nonetheless a month till the postseason, they will take the accidents now as opposed to then.