Another Penguins player down. James Neal hit hard and goes to dressing room.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) April 6, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, April 8, at 12:49 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Bad news for the Penguins, as Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss the team's upcoming three-game road trip, according to the team's official Twitter account.
Neal has a concussion and will miss the 3-game road trip, per coach Bylsma #Pens— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 8, 2013
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With Crosby out of the lineup, the Penguins have relied on Neal to pick up the slack on the attack. The 25-year-old left wing is third on the team with 32 points on the season, including 18 goals and 14 assists. If Neal is forced to miss a considerable amount of time, the Penguins will have a difficult time replacing his offensive output.
Michael Del Zotto ought to get a call from the NHL for that elbow to James Neal’s head. No reason for it.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 6, 2013
Whether or not Del Zotto will face any disciplinary action from the NHL remains to be seen.
The 2013 season has been a success thus far for the Penguins. At 29-10 the Penguins lead the Eastern Conference with 58 points.
With both Crosby and Neal potentially out for a while, it could become increasingly difficult for the Penguins to hold on to their conference domination.
Be sure to check back with this page as we bring you the latest updates on Neal's injury and his eventual return to the lineup.