Preds’ Neal, Weber set to return vs. Stars

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The Nashville Predators will have captain Shea Weber and forward James Neal in the lineup tonight when they play host to the Dallas Stars.

Weber has missed three games due to a lower body injury.

Neal has been out of the Nashville lineup since March 9 due to an upper body injury.

Neal, who had 22 goals and 35 points in 63 games prior to the injury, is expected to return on the Preds’ top line alongside Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro.

“Especially early on, they were our line that carried us,” coach Peter Laviolette said per the Tennessean. “They came out at the start of the season really strong as a group. I don’t think that James will have a problem jumping back in on either line. He’s played with (Ribeiro), he’s played with (center Mike Fisher).”

Weber has 45 points in 75 games this season while averaging 26:22 in ice time.

Nashville could also have Matt Cullen in the lineup tonight. He’s missed five games due to a lower body injury.