James Neal's formula for finding the back of the net seems glaringly obvious: Shooting low is good, shooting high bad. In the Penguins' eight games, he has six goals — most on the team and one behind NHL leader Phil Kessel of Toronto — and all have come on low shots. His shooting percentage is an outstanding 18.8. After being acquired from Dallas at the trade deadline last season, he scored just two goals in 27 games while shooting almost exclusively high. His shooting percentage was 2.7, a figure that would make a stay-at-home defenseman cringe, much less a first-line left winger. Still, Neal insists no change in his approach was made, and no change is forthcoming.
Penguins' Neal shoots low, aims high
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Oct 20