Penguins winger James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion.

“James Neal has a concussion and will miss the (three-game road) trip,” head coach Dan Bylsma said.
Neal was elbowed in the head by New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto halfway through the third period of Pittsburgh’s 2-1 shootout victory Friday night at CONSOL Energy Center.

Neal, 25, remained on the ice following the hit. He was able to skate off on his strengths after being attended to by head athletic trainer Chris Stewart and did not return in the game.

Defenseman Kris Letang, who has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury, returned to team practice Monday at Southpointe.
“I’m feeling good” Letang said. “It’s exciting to be back and practicing with the boys.”

Letang did not have an update on when he could return to the ice.

“I don’t know, it’ll be up to the coach,” he said. “There’s no rush to get back, but at the same time it’s a short season. I want to start playing, being healthy and ready to go for the playoffs.

“We’ll see how I feel (Tuesday) and go from there.”