Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal returned to action Saturday night after missing all but one game this season with an upper-body injury, as confirmed by Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The 26-year-old winger was placed on injured reserve on October 15. Neal has only played in one game this season, playing in the team’s season-opener against the New Jersey Devils on October 3. He started the day as a game-time decision and played for only 3:49 before leaving.
As previously reported, Neal just began taking part in full practices. He was not expected to return this quickly. However, he put in extra work since Thursday and was a game-time decision. After taking part in the team’s pre-game skate, he was inserted into the lineup.
Neal has finished the last two seasons with 36 and 81 points in 40 and 80 games respectively. He finished second in goal-scoring on the team the last two seasons as well. The Penguins are currently at the top of the Metropolitan Division and are...