Well the James Neal on the point idea that someone thought of went down in flames. So the Penguins decided, apparently, to replace him with Evgeni Malkin which makes no sense at all. Via Penguins.com:
“When (Malkin’s) passing the puck to Kris, you’re going to see him backing off for that one-time position where he got that shot off last year quite a bit,” head coach Dan Bylsma said.
“I’m playing the point right now. I’ve played the point before,” Malkin said. “I’m a good playmaker. I can pass to ‘Sid’ or ‘Tanger’ for a one-timer. I hope it works.”
Hope is a good thing..... umm wait what.
A breakdown of why this is a terrible idea.
Orginally we were going to go through all of James Neal's 18 powerplay goals and take screenshots of where he scored them from. But this site makes the point so much easier it is sick. SomeKindOfNinja.com tracks where a player scored his goals from.
Let's take a look at James Neal on the powerplay last year.