The Vancouver Canucks have regained their touch on the power play just in time to make a late run at first place in the Western Conference.
The Canucks will try to get closer in that race by continuing their recent mastery of the fading Minnesota Wild on Monday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Vancouver (43-20-8) has scored a pair of power-play goals in each of its past two games, using two tallies to earn only its fourth point in six contests with Saturday's 4-3 win over Columbus.
"When you score a (power-play) goal or two, you get confidence," said Daniel Sedin, who ended a personal nine-game drought with two goals - including the winner on the man advantage with just under five minutes left in the game.
Before those two games, the Canucks endured a 1-for-24 slump on the power play. Through 29 games this season, Vancouver was converting at a 26.4 percent rate - 4.7 better than any other team - and it was at 23.8 percent over its first 47 contests.
Since Jan. 18, the...