Injury could keep Penguins right winger James Neal out for weeks

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Penguins right winger James Neal could be out for an extended amount of time because of an injury.

Coach Dan Bylsma said today that while Neal needs more medical evaluation for a firm timetable to be set, he appears closer to being out week-to-week than day-to-day.

Neal missed practice Wednesday and the team's game-day skate Thursday because of the problem but was in the lineup that night in the season opener.

He left the game in the first period, and Bylsma said it was an aggravation of the same issue, which he did not specify.

Neal, who has a 40-goal season on his resume, will likely be replaced by Beau Bennett on a forward line with center Evgeni Malkin and left winger Jussi Jokinen.

Those three practiced together today.

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Shelly Anderson: or 412-263-1721. Twitter: @pgshelly. First Published October 4, 2013 5:00 PM


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