Trouble brewing for Predators? James Neal to IR

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The Nashville Predators aren’t hopeless, but they’re also in a tough spot … which includes being out of the playoffs if they began today.

To make matters worse, P.K. Subban‘s injury isn’t their only health concern. The Predators announced that they placed James Neal on injured reserve while calling up Frederick Gaudreau on Saturday.

Neal joins some other forwards who are dealing with issues of varying severity, including Colin Wilson and Viktor Arvidsson.

Neal is expected to miss at least the next two games. Things get dicey after Nashville’s next three, as they’ll face a five-game road trip from Jan. 14-22. Having Neal’s scoring punch – he leads the Predators with 14 goals this season – could be crucial in getting over the hump during that haul.