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Wild trying to improve on the power play

After a great start to the season on the power play the Minnesota Wild are suddenly struggling. Big names like Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Mikko Koivu, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard should allow for success with a man advantage, but it hasn't so far.
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After a great start to the season on the power play the Minnesota Wild are suddenly struggling. Big names like Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Mikko Koivu, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard should allow for success with a man advantage, but it hasn't so far.

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