Wild announces 2013-14 Schedule 19 Jul 13

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild’s 2013-14 National Hockey League (NHL) regular season schedule was released today. The Wild plays in the new Central Division in 2013-14, and for the first time in team history, every NHL team visits Xcel Energy Center during the season. Minnesota opens its season at Xcel Energy Center against the Los Angeles Kings at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. Wild regular season tickets will go on saleSaturday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center box office and at 12 p.m. via all Ticketmaster locations and Wild.com.

The 2013-14 schedule consists of 82 games – 41 at Xcel Energy Center and 41 road contests. The Wild’s home schedule features 17 weekend games (three on Friday, eight on Saturday and six on Sunday). Most evening games at Xcel Energy Center will begin at 7 p.m. Of the Wild’s 82 regular season games, 66 start at or before 7 p.m. (CT), with no game starting after 7 p.m. until Nov. 30.

Under new division alignment, Minnesota will play 29 games against its new division, including at least four games against each member. The Wild will play defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago five times (three home, two road), Colorado five times (two home, three road), Dallas four times (two home, two road), Nashville five times (three home, two road), St. Louis five times (three home, two road) and Winnipeg five times (two home, three road).

The Wild will also play three games against each member of the Western Conference’s other division, the Pacific; Anaheim (one home, two road), Calgary (two home, one road), Edmonton (two home, one road), Los Angeles (one home, two road), Phoenix (one home, two road), San Jose (one home, two road) and Vancouver (two home, one road). Minnesota will play a total of 50 games against the Western Conference.

For the first time in team history, the Wild will play one home game and one road game against each member of the Eastern Conference, split into the Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions, for a total of 16 out-of-conference games. Popular Eastern Conference visits are sure to be Pittsburgh (Saturday, April 5), Montreal (Friday, Nov. 1), New Jersey (Sunday, Nov. 3), the New York Rangers (Thursday, March 13) and defending Eastern Conference champion Boston (Tuesday, April 8).

Minnesota’s home schedule features traditional holiday games such as the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) at5 p.m. against Colorado, as well as the New Year’s Eve game, a 5 p.m. contest versus St. Louis. The Wild will also host a 1 p.m. game versus Detroit March 22 prior to the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game.

The Wild will have three different four-game homestands. The Wild will also play five different four-game road trips, including an early-season trek to Buffalo, Toronto, Tampa Bay and Florida (Oct. 14-Oct. 19). Minnesota plays its last game before the NHL stops for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 6 at home versus Nashville and returns to the ice again Feb. 27 at Edmonton.

The Wild’s local broadcast TV schedule on FOX Sports North will be announced at a later date. KFAN-FM 100.3 is the Wild’s official radio home, with conflict games moved to KOOL 108 (107.9 FM).

Wild pre-season tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. The pre-season schedule is below.

2013-14 MINNESOTA WILD SCHEDULE NOTES

Home Games by Day: Mon. – 3, Tue. – 8, Wed. – 3, Thu. – 10, Fri. – 3, Sat. – 8, Sun. – 6
Road Games by Day: Mon. – 7, Tue. – 6, Wed. – 2, Thu. – 10, Fri. – 3, Sat. – 10, Sun. – 3

Home Games by Month: Oct. – 7, Nov. – 8, Dec. – 6, Jan. – 7, Feb. – 2, March – 7, April – 4
Road Games by Month: Oct. – 6, Nov. – 6, Dec. – 8, Jan. – 7, Feb. – 3, March – 8, April – 2

Games by Conference/Division
Western Conference: Central Division (29 games), Pacific Division (21 games)
Eastern Conference: Metropolitan Division (16 games), Atlantic Division (16 games)

Opponents Visits To Minnesota (41): Anaheim-1, Boston-1, Buffalo-1, Calgary-2, Carolina-1, Chicago-3, Colorado-2, Columbus-1, Dallas-2, Detroit-1, Edmonton-2, Florida-1, Los Angeles-1, Montreal-1, Nashville-3, New Jersey-1, New York Islanders-1, New York Rangers-1, Ottawa-1, Philadelphia-1, Phoenix-1, Pittsburgh-1, St. Louis-3, San Jose-1, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-1, Vancouver-2, Washington-1, Winnipeg-2

Wild Visits To Road Cities (41): Anaheim-2, Boston-1, Buffalo-1, Calgary-1, Carolina-1, Chicago-2, Colorado-3, Columbus-1, Dallas-2, Detroit-1, Edmonton-1, Florida-1, Los Angeles-2, Montreal-1, Nashville-2, New Jersey-1, New York Islanders-1, New York Rangers-1, Ottawa-1, Philadelphia-1, Phoenix-2, Pittsburgh-1, St. Louis-2, San Jose-2, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-1, Vancouver-1, Washington-1, Winnipeg-3

Olympic Break – Minnesota’s schedule includes an 20-day gap between games in February as part of the Olympic Break (Feb. 7 – Feb. 26). The Wild will have 23 games remaining on its schedule after the Olympics, including 11 home games and 12 road contests. Nine of the Wild’s last 10 games come against the Western Conference.

Longest Homestand: 4 games (3 times):
Oct. 28 – Nov. 5 – Chicago, Montreal, New Jersey, Calgary
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 – N.Y. Islanders, St. Louis, Buffalo, Washington
March 9 – March 15 – St. Louis, Edmonton, N.Y. Rangers, Columbus

Longest Road Trip: 4 games (5 times):
Oct. 14 – Oct. 19 – Buffalo, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Florida
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 – Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, St. Louis
Dec. 19 – Dec. 27 – Pittsburgh, N.Y. Rangers, Philadelphia, Winnipeg
Jan. 25 – Feb. 1 – San Jose, Anaheim, Colorado, Calgary
March 27 – April 3 – St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago

Back-To-Back Games: 13
Back-to-back on road: 6
Road game followed by home game next day: 2
Home game followed by road game next day: 5

Length of Wild’s 2013-14 Season: 192 days (Oct. 3 – April 13)

Air miles: The Wild will travel 44,443 miles in the 2013-14 season (source webflyer.com)

2013-14 MINNESOTA WILD SCHEDULE
DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT)
SEPTEMBER (PRE- SEASON)
TUE. 17 COLUMBUS 7:00 P.M.
Thur. 19 at Winnipeg 7:00 p.m.
SAT. 21 WINNIPEG 7:00 P.M.
Mon.. 23 at Columbus 6:00 p.m.
WED. 25 ST. LOUIS 7:00 P.M.
Fri. 27 at St. Louis 7:00 p.m.
OCTOBER (REGULAR SEASON)
THUR. 3 LOS ANGELES 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 5 ANAHEIM 7:00 P.M.
Tue. 8 at Nashville 7:00 p.m.
THUR. 10 WINNIPEG 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 12 DALLAS 7:00 P.M.
Mon. 14 at Buffalo 6:30 p.m.
Tue. 15 at Toronto 6:00 p.m.
Thur. 17 at Tampa Bay 6:30 p.m.
Sat. 19 at Florida 6:00 p.m.
TUE. 22 NASHVILLE 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 24 CAROLINA 7:00 P.M.
Sat. 26 at Chicago 7:00 p.m.
MON. 28 CHICAGO 7:00 P.M.

NOVEMBER
FRI. 1 MONTREAL 7:00 P.M.
SUN. 3 NEW JERSEY 7:00 P.M.
TUE. 5 CALGARY 7:00 P.M.
Thur. 7 at Washington 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 9 at Carolina 6:00 p.m.
WED. 13 TORONTO 6:30 P.M.
FRI. 15 FLORIDA 7:00 P.M.
SUN. 17 WINNIPEG 7:00 P.M.
Tue. 19 at Montreal 6:30 p.m.
Wed. 20 at Ottawa 6:30 p.m.
Sat. 23 at Winnipeg 2:00 p.m.
Mon. 25 at St. Louis 7:00 p.m.
WED. 27 PHOENIX 7:00 P.M.
FRI. 29 COLORADO 5:00 P.M.
Sat. 30 at Colorado 8:00 p.m.

DECEMBER
MON. 2 PHILADELPHIA 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 5 CHICAGO 7:00 P.M.
Fri. 6 at Columbus 6:00 p.m.
SUN. 8 SAN JOSE 5:00 P.M.
Wed. 11 at Anaheim 9:00 p.m.
Thur. 12 at San Jose 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 14 at Colorado 8:00 p.m.
TUE. 17 VANCOUVER 7:00 P.M.
Thur. 19 at Pittsburgh 6:00 p.m.
Sun. 22 at N.Y. Rangers 6:30 p.m.
Mon. 23 at Philadelphia 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 27 at Winnipeg 7:00 p.m.
SUN. 29 N.Y. ISLANDERS 7:00 P.M.
TUE. 31 ST. LOUIS 5:00 P.M.

DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT)
JANUARY
THUR. 2 BUFFALO 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 4 WASHINGTON 7:00 P.M.
Tue. 7 at Los Angeles 9:30 p.m.
Thur. 9 at Phoenix 8:00 p.m.
SAT. 11 COLORADO 7:00 P.M.
Sun. 12 at Nashville 6:00 p.m.
TUE. 14 OTTAWA 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 16 EDMONTON 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 18 DALLAS 8:00 P.M.
Tue. 21 at Dallas 7:00 p.m.
THUR. 23 CHICAGO 7:00 P.M.
Sat. 25 at San Jose 9:30 p.m.
Tue. 28 at Anaheim 9:00 p.m.
Thur. 30 at Colorado 8:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY
Sat. 1 at Calgary 9:00 p.m.
TUE. 4 TAMPA BAY 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 6 NASHVILLE 7:00 P.M.
Fri. 7-Wed. 26 Olympic Break (Sochi, Russia)
Thur. 27 at Edmonton 8:30 p.m.
Fri. 28 at Vancouver 9:00 p.m.

MARCH
MON. 3 CALGARY 7:00 P.M.
Sat. 8 at Dallas 7:30 p.m.
SUN. 9 ST. LOUIS 7:00 P.M.
TUE. 11 EDMONTON 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 13 N.Y. RANGERS 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 15 COLUMBUS 7:00 P.M.
Mon. 17 at Boston 6:30 p.m.
Tue. 18 at N.Y. Islanders 6:00 p.m.
Thur. 20 at New Jersey 6:00 p.m.
SAT. 22 DETROIT 1:00 P.M.
Sun. 23 at Detroit 6:30 p.m.
WED. 26 VANCOUVER 6:30 P.M.
Thur. 27 at St. Louis 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 29 at Phoenix 8:00 p.m.
Mon. 31 at Los Angeles 9:00 p.m.

APRIL
Thur. 3 at Chicago 7:00 p.m.
SAT. 5 PITTSBURGH 7:00 P.M.
Mon. 7 at Winnipeg 7:00 p.m.
TUE. 8 BOSTON 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 10 ST. LOUIS 7:00 P.M.
SUN. 13 NASHVILLE 7:00 P.M.

BOLD INDICATES HOME GAME
DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE