NHL notes: Penguins' James Neal 'week-to-week'

Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal will be out for an undetermined amount of time with an...

Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal will be out for an undetermined amount of time with an upper-body injury. (Reuters)

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One of the key weapons in the Pittsburgh Penguins offence has been sidelined for weeks.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told reporters Friday winger James Neal will be out for an undetermined amount of time with an upper body injury.

"It’s more week-to-week than day-to-day," said Bylsma, adding Neal requires further examination before any timeline can be set in stone.

Neal, a 40-goal scorer in the last full NHL season, missed practice Wednesday and the morning skate Thursday prior to the Penguins season opener. He did, however, start against the New Jersey Devils but he was forced to leave the game in the first period.

Neal's spot in Pittsburgh's lineup -- right wing on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen -- was filled by Beau Bennett at Friday's practice.

During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Neal, 26, amassed 21 goals and 36 points in 40 games.

CALLAHAN TO PLAY MONDAY

Like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers, it was announced Friday that New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be returning earlier than expected from off-season shoulder surgery.

Callahan, 28, is slated to see action Monday versus the Los Angeles Kings, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters Friday.

The centre was supposed to be shelved until late October, with a rough return date of Oct. 29. It appears as though he has recovered ahead of schedule.

In 405 NHL games, all in a Rangers uniform, Callahan has recorded 229 points.

BRIEFLY

Washington Capitals defenceman Jack Hillen will miss “months” of action after injuring his right leg Thursday, said Capitals coach Adam Oates. Hillen needed to be helped off the ice and was taken to hospital following a hit by Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma … Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog did not play in the team’s Friday game against the Anaheim Ducks. Landeskog is suffering from an undisclosed injury, but is only expected to miss one game … The San Jose Sharks called up forward John McCarthy from its AHL affiliate in Worchester. To make room for McCarthy on the roster, forward Matt Pelech was been sent down.


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