SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild’s 2014-15 National Hockey League (NHL) regular season schedule was released today. The Wild opens its season at Xcel Energy Center against the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Oct. 9.
The 2014-15 schedule consists of 82 games – 41 at Xcel Energy Center and 41 road contests. The Wild’s home schedule features 19 weekend games (four on Friday, 12 on Saturday and three on Sunday). Most evening games at Xcel Energy Center will begin at 7 p.m.
Minnesota will play 29 games against the Central Division, including five each against Colorado (three home, two road), Chicago (two home, three road), Dallas (two home, three road), Nashville (two home, three road) and Winnipeg (three home, two road), and four vs. St. Louis (two home, two road).
The Wild will also play three games against each team in the Pacific Division, including home contests against the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 26 and March 28: Anaheim (two home, one road), Arizona (two home, one road), Calgary (one home, two road), Edmonton (one home, two road), Los Angeles (two home, one road), San Jose (two home, one road) and Vancouver (one home, two road).
Minnesota will play each team in the Eastern Conference twice (once at home and once on the road) for a total of 32 contests. Popular Eastern Conference visits to Xcel Energy Center include Pittsburgh (Tuesday, Nov. 4), Montreal (Wednesday, Dec. 3), Toronto (Friday, Jan. 2) and the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers (Thursday, April 2).
The Wild will have a season-long five-game homestand from March 27 – April 6 when it hosts Calgary, Los Angeles, the New York Rangers, Detroit and Winnipeg. The club’s longest road trip is four games from Jan. 20 – Feb. 1 at Detroit, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. The road trip is split by the NHL All-Star Game that will take place on Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Wild’s local broadcast TV schedule on FOX Sports North will be announced at a later date. KFAN 100.3 FM is the Wild’s official radio home. Any preempted games will be heard on KOOL 108 (107.9 FM).
Minnesota Wild Season Tickets for the 2014-15 season including Full Season, Half Season and 11-Game plans are available now. More information on season tickets is available at tickets.wild.com, or by contacting a Wild Ticket Sales Representative at 651-222-WILD.
On-sale dates and pricing for Minnesota Wild preseason and regular season tickets will be announced at a later date.
2014-15 MINNESOTA WILD SCHEDULE NOTES
Home Games by Day: Mon. – 3, Tue. – 8, Wed. – 3, Thur. – 8, Fri. – 4, Sat. – 12, Sun. – 3
Road Games by Day: Mon. – 5, Tue. – 10, Wed. – 2, Thur. – 8, Fri. – 4, Sat. – 9, Sun. – 3
Home Games by Month: Oct. – 4, Nov. – 6, Dec. – 7, Jan. – 6, Feb. – 7, March – 8, April – 3
Road Games by Month: Oct. – 5, Nov. – 8, Dec. – 5, Jan. – 7, Feb. – 7, March – 6, April – 3
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-2, Arizona-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, Pittsburgh-1, St. Louis-2, San Jose-2, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-1, Vancouver-1, Washington-1, Winnipeg-3
Wild Visits To Road Cities (41): Anaheim-1, Arizona-1, Boston-1, Buffalo-1, Calgary-2, Carolina-1, Chicago-3, Colorado-2, Columbus-1, Dallas-3, 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, Pittsburgh-1, St. Louis-2, San Jose-1, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-1, Vancouver-2, Washington-1, Winnipeg-2
After NHL All-Star Game – Minnesota will have 36 games remaining on its schedule, including 18 home games and 18 road contests. The Wild will play 14 games after the NHL All-Star Game against the Central Division and 25 total against the Western Conference.
Longest Homestand: 5 games:
March 27 – April 6: Calgary, Los Angeles, New York Rangers, Detroit, Winnipeg
Longest Road Trip: 4 games (The Wild has seven, three-game road trips):
Jan. 20 – Feb. 1: at Detroit, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver (NHL All-Star Game is Jan. 25)
Back-To-Back Games: 13 sets – the Wild had 13 sets of back-to-back contests in 2013-14.
Home game followed by road game next day: 6
Back-to-back on road: 3
Road game followed by home game next day: 3
Back-to-back at home: 1
Length of Wild’s 2014-15 Season: 185 days (Oct. 9 – April 11). The 2013-14 season lasted 192 days.
Air miles: The Wild will travel 42,758 miles in the 2014-15 season (source webflyer.com). Last season Minnesota logged 44,443 miles.