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Wild Draws Jets In 16-17 Home Opener

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild will open its 16th season at Xcel Energy Center Saturday, Oct. 15 against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Wild has won its past two home-openers, including last season — a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues — and is 12-1-1, with one tie, in franchise history in its first home game of the season.

For the second consecutive season, however, the Wild will begin its regular season on the road, starting 2016-17 at Scottrade Center against the Blues Thursday, Oct. 13.

The game will be the first that Mike Yeo, the former head coach of the Wild, coaches against Minnesota. He was named an associate coach to the Blues staff in June.

The Wild is 9-4-2 all-time in season-openers, the highest points-percentage of any NHL franchise. Minnesota is has earned at least a point (4-0-1) in its past five game ones.

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