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    The Vegas Golden Knights are a team that will have to choose a direction soon. Do they tank for Rasmus Dahlin or do they strive towards the playoffs?

    The Vegas Golden Knights are currently well within the playoff race. The question is, do they want to remain there? Or do they want to drop off and try for a better future with a prospect like Rasmus Dahlin or Andrei Svechnikov?
    What if the Golden Knights fail to go in either direction and end up as a playoff bubble on the outside? Yes, two of those teams won the lottery during this past draft, but what are the odds of that happening again? Well, these bold predictions won’t help.

    1. Neal Scores 40

    James Neal has only hit 40 goals once before. That was when he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was 24 years old. He was on the first All Star team that year and had Hart trophy votes. I think that will be the end result of him scoring 40 again this year. But he hasn’t even approached 40 since then. His best after that 40 goal season is 31 goals, during the 2015 16 season. He’s only hit 30 those two times.
    Neal has 10 goals so far this season through 17 games. He’s scoring on 21.7 of his shots , which is nine points higher than his career average. Which means his percentage will drop, but he still has 60 games to score just 30 goals, should he remain healthy.

    He is shooting the puck on net 2.71 times per game so far this season. Neal would need to get that rate up if his shooting percentage falls back to his average the rest of this season.

    If he’s going to score 30 goals in the next 60 games at a 12 rate of shooting David Perron Jersey, he needs to shoot the puck 250 times. That’s 4 times per game. That’s still a possibility , but he’ll need to continue his confidence in his shot through some trying times, and needs the Vegas Golden Knights to have faith in him as well.

    If Neal does get traded at the deadline, the team getting him will also likely have that confidence. I think it’s possible for Neal this season. After all, during his best season, he shot the puck on net 329 times. Even at 30, that’s still something Neal is capable of.