Posted January 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
While the overall performance of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks hasn't left much to be desired, coach Alain Vigneault voiced displeasure with his team's recent efforts on the power play. Those scuffles, though, pale in comparison to the Minnesota Wild's struggles of late. Hoping to avoid a 10th defeat in 11 games overall, the Wild look to snap a nine-game losing streak in Vancouver on Wednesday night. Minnesota (21-13-6) sat in first place in the division as recently as Dec. 26 but has since fallen three points behind Vancouver (24-13-3) thanks to an ugly offensive display. The Wild have posted just 16 goals during a 1-6-3 stretch, and 48 hours after ending a season-worst eight-game slide with a 4-3 win over Edmonton, saw their struggles continue Saturday with a 4-2 loss to Phoenix. "Emotional or not, we have to come to the rink and be ready to go and play a certain way," coach Mike Yeo said. "We don't have a choice. We're not...
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