The comeback wins over the Los Angeles Kings last week galvanized the Minnesota Wild while simultaneously covering up a glaring issue for the team that reared its ugly head once again in Monday’s 1-0 shutout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

On Monday, the Wild failed to convert on the power play, finishing 0 for 5 on the night, and falling to an abysmal 0 for 16 on the season.

In search of a spark, coach Dean Evason has deployed different units in every game this season, something that might actually be hurting the Wild as they haven’t been able to build any chemistry. Not that Zach Parise, or anyone else on the team for that matter, was interested in using that as an excuse.

“In a perfect world we’d be able to work on it a little bit more,” said Parise, who has been on the No. 1 unit in each game. “We just don’t have that opportunity. We talk about it with video and we are working at it with the opportunities that we are getting. We will get more and more familiar with each other.”

In the season opener, the Wild looked dynamic on the power play, particularly the No. 1 unit that featured Parise, Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala up front and Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon on the back end. They moved the puck effortlessly in the offensive zone, and there were positives to build on despite the fact they failed to score.

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That group hasn’t been together since, perhaps because Parise struggled in the faceoff circle in the season opener, and Evason wanted to put a true center on the No. 1 unit.

Meanwhile, the No. 2 unit has featured many different combinations, including an extremely unconventional look in Monday’s loss with blue liners Dumba, Ryan Suter, and Jonas Brodin all on the ice at the same time.

That’s something even Dumba admitted he’d never seen before with NHL teams almost never using more defensemen than forwards on the power play. That said, Dumba tried to keep things positive after the game, emphasizing that it’s a pretty small sample size.

“You’ve got to give guys different looks and find out what works,” he said. “We haven’t scored in three games. There have been plenty of opportunities. It’s just a matter of bounces at this point.”

In order to get those bounces, though, the Wild need to shoot the puck. It’s a common theme throughout the NHL that when a team is struggling on the power play, it tries to break out of the slump with a highlight-reel goal. That seems the case for the Wild right now.

“We need to get some more pucks to the net,” Evason said. “Anytime things aren’t having success, we want our group to simplify and get pucks to the net and hopefully get a dirty goal. We definitely need to do that, and I think if we do, things will open up for us.”

There’s still reason to believe the Wild could have a dynamic power play at some point this season. They boast highly skilled players like Kaprizov and Fiala, not to mention Dumba, who shoots the puck about as hard as anyone, and Parise, who has made a living on the power play throughout his career.

“It’s not far off,” Parise said. “We have hit pipes. We have missed some good looks. We could have a couple of goals. Unfortunately, we have a zero there and that’s all that really matters at this point.”