|The Wild will tangle with the defending Cup champions at the Xcel Energy Center twice in January. |
The Minnesota Wild’s 2007-08 National Hockey League (NHL) regular season schedule was released today. The Wild will open the season at Xcel Energy Center for the third straight season on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Blackhawks to start a three-game homestand that will also see the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Edmonton Oilers visit Xcel Energy Center.
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The 2007-08 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, six on Saturday and nine on Sunday) and three afternoon contests (Nov. 23, Feb. 24 and March 9). Most evening games at Xcel Energy Center will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota will play each member of the Northwest Division (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton and Vancouver) eight times (four times at home and four times on the road) for a total of 32 games. In addition, the club will play the remaining members of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division (Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose) and Central Division (Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis) four times each (twice at home and twice on the road) for a total of 40 games.
The Wild will play 10 games against the Eastern Conference this season, facing each team in the Atlantic and Southeast Division once. Minnesota will visit each club in the Southeast Division (Atlanta, Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay and Washington), host each team in the Atlantic Division (New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) and will not face a team in the Northeast Division this season.
Popular out-of-town team visits at Xcel Energy Center include: the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks (Jan. 18, Jan. 30), the Calgary Flames (Nov. 3, Jan. 16, Feb. 24, April 3), the Chicago Blackhawks (Oct. 4, March 4), the Colorado Avalanche (Oct. 21, Nov. 18, March 17, March 30), the Dallas Stars (Jan. 3, Feb. 7), the Detroit Red Wings (Dec. 22, Feb. 5), the Edmonton Oilers (Oct. 10, Nov. 5, Dec. 29, March 26), the New Jersey Devils (March 13), the New York Rangers (Dec. 20), the Pittsburgh Penguins (Oct. 30), and the Vancouver Canucks (Nov. 21, Dec. 2, Feb. 19, March 28).
The 2007-08 NHL All-Star Game will be held at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday, Jan. 27.
The Wild’s longest homestand is four games (four times): Oct. 30 – Nov. 5 against Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Calgary and Edmonton; Nov. 28 – Dec. 5 against Phoenix, St. Louis, Vancouver and Philadelphia; March 9 –17 against San Jose, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Colorado; and March 26 – April 3 against Edmonton, Vancouver, Colorado and Calgary. The club’s longest road trip is five games: Dec. 7 – 15 at Detroit, Columbus, San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Minnesota concludes the regular season by playing nine of its last 10 games against Northwest Division opponents.Preseason single-game tickets will go on sale Saturday, August 25. Regular season single-game tickets will go on sale on Saturday, September 15. For more information please contact the Minnesota Wild at (651) 222-WILD (9453).
2007-2008 Minnesota Wild Schedule Notes
Home Games By Day: Monday - 3, Tuesday - 5, Wednesday - 7, Thursday - 7, Friday - 4, Saturday - 6, Sunday, 9
Road Games By Day: Monday - 3, Tuesday - 6, Wednesday - 5, Thursday, 7, Friday - 7, Saturday - 8, Sunday - 5
Home Games By Month: October - 5, November - 8, December -7, January - 5, February - 6, March - 9, April - 1
Road Games By Month: October - 7, November - 5, December - 7, January - 7, February - 8, March - 6, April 1
Games By Conference/Division:
Western Conference: Central Division (20), Northwest Division (32), Pacific Division (20)
Eastern Conference: Atlantic Division (5), Northeast Division (0), Southeast Division (5)
After The All-Star Break: Minnesota will have 32 games remaining on its schedule, including 17 home games and 15 road contests. The Wild will finish the season by playing nine of its remaining 10 games against teams from the Northwest Division.
Longest Homestand: 4 games (four times)
October 30 - November 6 (Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Calgary and Edmonton)
November 28 - December 5 (Phoenix, St. Louis, Vancouver and Philadelphia)
March 9 - 17 (San Jose, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Colorado
March 26 - April 3 (Edmonton, Vancouver, Colorado and Calgary)
Longest Road Trip: 5 games
December 7 - 15 (Detroit, Columbus, San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles)
Overall: 15 (12 last season)
Back-to-back at home: 0
Back-to-back on road: 11
Road game followed by home game next day: 1
Home game followed by road game next day: 3
Length of season: 185 days (same as 2006-07)