Wait, you mean James Neal is going to play hockey in the NHL on Tuesday night, despite having a broken foot? Yes, that seems to be the case. Neal told reporters in Pittsburgh that he'll be playing in the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the Senators at CONSOL Energy Center on Tuesday, noting that he's "good to go."
It's quite the shift from Sunday afternoon, when Penguins coach Dan Bylsma addressed the media and said that Neal, the team's leading goal scorer, would be out "weeks" with a broken foot.
"James Neal in (Saturday) night's game late in the game received a shot to the foot, broke his foot. The next few days we'll see what that timetable looks like, but it's weeks, not days at this point."
Call it toughness, call it stupid, call it a bad original diagnosis. Whatever. He's almost certainly playing in the game on Tuesday night, as he practiced with his normal line in the morning skate and even took reps with the Pens top power play unit, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.