Neal, who had not played since opening night against the New Jersey Devils, was sidelined by an upper-body injury.
Neal spoke at the morning skate Saturday and said he needed a few days to get back into the gameday routine but apparently felt well enough in the pregame skate to return.
Neal had 36 points (21 goals) in 2012-13, after scoring 40 goals the season before. has 134 goals and 254 points in 335 career games.
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