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Another uninspired change to the first unit led to an 0-4 night for the Minnesota Wild power play.

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The Wild coaching staff moved Jason Pominville up to the first power play unit to give a shooting threat on the left side where Granlund had played to start the season. The Wild finished the game 0-4 on the power play and Pominville failed to register a shot with the man advantage. Here's why:

Pominville just isn't a threat from here. The Coyotes defenders don't even have to think about taking away a pass to Pominvile, and so they get to have an extra guy in Suter's shooting lane. Pominville seems to be very content to stay on the outside on the power play, and trust me, the opposing penalty killers are also content with him being there.

On the next power play, Pominville broke his stick and had to go the bench to fetch a new one. He was late in joining the play as the Wild controlled the puck in the corner. This was a perfect opportunity to drive to the net and create a problem for the Coyotes penalty killers. Here's what happened:


And here's my favorite screenshot of the Wild power play playing 4-on-4 last night:

The most frustrating part of this whole experiment is that the Wild wanted a right-handed shooting threat on the first power play, and they don't even consider giving Mathew Dumba a look in this position. He has far-and-away the most dangerous shot on the team and has shown a willingness to go the scoring areas and shoot the puck on the power play. His shot would undoubtedly create more space for Parise on the opposite side, opening up the congested shooting lanes. Lastly, Dumba should be able to provide lots of energy on the power play, being that he's only playing 12-15 minutes a game at even strength.