A revamped Wild power play amid defenseman Matt Dumba’s absence because of injury hasn’t made a dazzling debut, going without a goal in its first two games sans Dumba. But the new-look units also haven’t had much opportunity to find a rhythm. They have received just two chances in that span, a drop-off coach Bruce Boudreau said the team can reverse by pushing the play to the middle of the ice. “If you play on the perimeter, there’s no reason for anybody to haul you down,” Boudreau said. “But if you go on the inside and you get ahead of them, they’ve got time to hook you.” The Wild didn’t receive a power play Tuesday against the Sharks, the third time that’s happened this season. After receiving just two tries Thursday against the Penguins, one of which was abbreviated, the team had received 105 power plays this season — which ranked 22nd in the NHL. Dumba, who had a team-high 12 power-play points when he was injured, was a key catalyst with the man advantage, finding an effective shooting area on the left side of the offensive zone. Even though he’s no longer an option, getting sidelined with an upper-body… Read full this story
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