Penguins’ Neal on shelf indefinitely with concussion


James Neal (18) is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion. (USATSI)
James Neal (18) is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion. (USATSI)


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.

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Pens’ Orpik gets smashed in!!


Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik left Saturday night's contest contrary to the Boston Bruins on a stretcher. This individual was injured after a confrontation along with Bruins forward Shawn Thornton within a scrum after Brad Marchand made an appearance injured after a bad hit through James Neal.

The game had been chippy from the get-go with tempers flaring, but required a turn for the worst right after Neal clocked Marchand with a leg to the head while Marchand has been kneeling on the ice.

In a separate scrum rigtht after Neal's hit, Thornton then proceeded to go after Orpik and dragged your pet to the ice, throwing a few your punches with a gloved hand while Orpik was down. Orpik appeared to be in certain serious trouble on the ice, not really moving before being attended to simply by medical personnel.

For a closer look at the incident:

Orpik was encircled by athletic trainers and physicians from both teams on the glaciers and a stretcher came out rather quickly. This individual was taken off the ice, most probably to a local hospital.

Orpik was relocating his arms as they carried your pet off on a stretcher. #nhl picture. twitter. com/nrrwPOzAnK

— Sam Paikin (@spaikin) December 8, 2013

Thornton obtained a match penalty for their attack on Orpik. Neal has been assessed a minor for kneeing. Marchand remained in the game.

Thornton had tried to engage Orpik in a fight earlier in the time period after a big hit from Writing instruments blueliner that knocked Bruins ahead Loui Eriksson out of the game, yet Orpik declined. There was no charges called on Orpik for the open-ice check on Eriksson.

This infraction will definitely draw the interest of the league and could lead to an extensive suspension for Thornton. This is an overall attack on Orpik that got seemingly disastrous results. There's no location for this in the game or anywhere for instance.

According to the Penguins, Orpik was transported to Ma General Hospital where he is notify and conscious.

UPDATE:According to Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, Orpik returned from the hospital and will vacation with the team back to Pittsburgh. Bylsma also confirmed that Orpik had been unconcious on the ice, but failed to have a prognosis on the defenseman.

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