That’s no exaggeration. While pretty much every team in the NHL puts as much firepower as possible on the power play, the Wild have gone against the grain as of late, simply rolling their regular lines when they have a man advantage.
In other words, if the first line of Joel Eriksson Ek centering Jordan Greenway and Kevin Fiala, or the second line of Victor Rask centering Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello can’t get the job done, the Wild have no problem sending the third line of Ryan Hartman centering Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno over the boards. Heck, even the fourth line of Nick Bonino centering Nico Sturm and Nick Bjugstad might get a chance in a pinch.
It worked last game as the Wild finally converted on the power play in Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Ducks in Anaheim. The power play entered Monday’s game against the San Jose Sharks an abysmal 4 for 52 this season.
“Just because we scored one goal doesn’t mean we’re on fire here with it,” Evason said with a laugh. “We want to see the competitive level real high on our power play. We have challenged the group that each line will play