Trying to jump-start a dormant power play, the Wild coaching staff tried schematic changes to create more movement. That didn't work, so on Monday the Wild tinkered some more.
"We have to try something different," coach Mike Yeo said. "It's probably time to try some personnel changes."
Rookie Mikael Granlund was moved onto the No. 1 unit with first-liners Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu, while Dany Heatley moved to the second with Devin Setoguchi and Matt Cullen. The point men will vary, but they will include Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
"This gives us two good units," Yeo said. "We're looking for two units that are a threat to go out and score."
The Wild's power play ranks 27th in the NHL at 13.8 percent. Over the past 12 games, it is 3-for-34 (8.8 percent). That's only 2.8 power-play opportunities a game.
"We haven't had enough opportunities in games to get chances, so when you're getting one or two a game, the pressure's on almost like you have to score every time," Setoguchi said. "Our power play has got to be better, but we've got to get more power plays, too."
Change comes to Wild's struggling power play
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 26