Neal injured an ankle in the opening game of the first-round series. Orpik has been sidelined for five games because of an undisclosed injury.
The Penguins have done just fine without both players, winning two of the first three games of the series.
Neal, who didn't record a point in the one game he has played in these playoffs, took line rushes with Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla during pregame warmups. Neal had 21 goals and 36 points in 40 regular-season games.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense