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Penguins' Neal out with concussion; Kunitz practices

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 12:34 PM / News

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Penguins' Neal out with concussion; Kunitz practices
Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal is out indefinitely due to a concussion

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely.

Neal saw the doctor Thursday and the Penguins announced the news Friday.

Neal, who has missed 21 games this season, has 22 goals and 49 points in 44 games.

"It won't be easy without him," left wing Jussi Jokinen told Triblive.com. "He is a great player. Everyone needs to chip in. It's been a tough year for him."

The Penguins start a home-and-home against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN-US) at Wells Fargo Center.

Forward Chris Kunitz (leg) practiced Friday after not doing so Thursday. His status for the weekend is not determined.

Kunitz collided with the goal post in a 2-0 win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter