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Wild 2011-12 Schedule Press Release

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 11:55 AM / Schedule
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The Minnesota Wild’s 2011-12 National Hockey League (NHL) regular season schedule was released today. Minnesota opens its season at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:00 p.m. against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 2011-12 schedule consists of 82 games – 41 at Xcel Energy Center and 41 road contests. The Wild’s home schedule features 19 weekend games (two on Friday, 12 on Saturday and five on Sunday) and eight afternoon contests (1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. starts). 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) six times (three times at home, three times on road) for a total of 24 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 18 games against the Eastern Conference this season, playing six games against the Atlantic Division, five against the Northeast Division and seven versus the Southeast Division. Minnesota will play a home and home series against Winnipeg, Florida and the New York Islanders. The Wild will also visit Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington, while hosting Boston (Feb. 19), Carolina (March 17), New Jersey (Dec. 2), the New York Rangers (March 27), Pittsburgh (Oct. 18) and Tampa Bay (Nov. 28).

Popular out-of-town visits at Xcel Energy Center include: the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins (Feb. 19), the Anaheim Ducks (Oct. 27, Feb. 14), the Calgary Flames (Nov. 27, March 11, March 22), the Chicago Blackhawks (Dec. 14, April 5), the Dallas Stars (Jan. 21, March 13), the Detroit Red Wings (Oct. 15, Oct. 29), the St. Louis Blues (Nov. 5, Nov. 19), the San Jose Sharks (Jan. 10, Feb. 26), Winnipeg, in its first-ever trip to St. Paul (Feb. 16), and the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks (Nov. 3, Feb. 9, March 19). The Wild’s game against Dallas on Saturday, Jan. 21, is part of the Sixth Annual Hockey Day Minnesota, a partnership between the Wild, FOX Sports North, Minnesota Hockey and Wells Fargo.

Minnesota’s home schedule features traditional holiday games such as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) versus Nashville; the Friday matinee after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) at 1:00 p.m. against Edmonton; the day after Christmas (Dec. 26), a 5:00 p.m. start versus Colorado; as well as the New Year’s Eve game, a 5:00 p.m. contest versus Phoenix.

The Wild will have a six-game homestand – Nov. 17-28 versus Colorado, St. Louis, Nashville, Edmonton, Calgary and Tampa Bay. The Wild will play nine home games in March – matching the most in franchise history. The club has a pair of five-game road trips, with both making stops in all three California cities. Minnesota plays 10 back-to-backs in 2011-12, down from a team-record 19 last season.

2011-12 MINNESOTA WILD SCHEDULE NOTES

Home Games by Day: Mon. – 3, Tue. – 7, Wed. – 2, Thu. – 10, Fri. – 2, Sat. – 12, Sun. – 5

Road Games by Day: Mon. – 2, Tue. – 12, Wed. – 3, Thu. – 10, Fri. – 2, Sat. – 8, Sun. – 4

Home Games by Month: Oct. – 6, Nov. – 8, Dec. – 6, Jan. – 3, Feb. – 7, March – 9, April – 2
Road Games by Month: Oct. – 4, Nov. – 7, Dec. – 9, Jan. – 7, Feb. – 6, March – 6, April – 2

Games by Conference/Division:
Western Conference: Central Division (20)    Northwest Division (24)    Pacific Division (20)
Eastern Conference: Atlantic Division (6)    Northeast Division (5)        Southeast Division (7)

Opponents Visits To Minnesota (41): Anaheim-2, Boston-1, Buffalo-0, Calgary-3, Carolina-1, Chicago-2, Colorado-3, Columbus-2, Dallas-2, Detroit-2, Edmonton-3, Florida-1, Los Angeles-2, Montreal-0, Nashville-2, New Jersey-1, New York Islanders-1, New York Rangers-1, Ottawa-0, Philadelphia-0, Phoenix-2, Pittsburgh-1, St. Louis-2, San Jose-2, Tampa Bay-1, Toronto-0, Vancouver-3, Washington-0, Winnipeg-1

Wild Visits To Road Cities (41): Anaheim-2, Boston-0, Buffalo-1, Calgary-3, Carolina-0, Chicago-2, Colorado-3, Columbus-2, Dallas-2, Detroit-2, Edmonton-3, Florida-1, Los Angeles-2, Montreal-1, Nashville-2, New Jersey-0, New York Islanders-1, New York Rangers-0, Ottawa-1, Philadelphia-1, Phoenix-2, Pittsburgh-0, St. Louis-2, San Jose-2, Tampa Bay-0, Toronto-1, Vancouver-3, Washington-1, Winnipeg-1

After The All-Star Game – Minnesota will have 33 games remaining on its schedule, including 19 home games and 14 road contests. A total of 24 of those contests will be against Western Conference opponents.

Longest Homestand: 6 games:
Nov. 17 – 28 – Colorado, St. Louis, Nashville, Edmonton, Calgary, Tampa Bay

Longest Road Trip: 5 games (2 times):
Nov. 8 – 15 at Calgary, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus
Dec. 4 – 13 at Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Winnipeg

Back-To-Back Games: 10 (19 last year was most in team history)
Back-to-back on road: 6 (8 last year)
Back-to-Back at Home: 1 (1 last year)
Road game followed by home game next day: 2 (3 last year)
Home game followed by road game next day: 1 (7 last year)

Air Miles Traveled: 44,051 – according to airtimetable.com

Length of Wild’s 2011-12 Season: 183 days (Oct. 8 – April 7), three days less than the 2010-11 campaign (186)

MINNESOTA WILD 2011-12 SCHEDULE

DAY    DATE    OPPONENT    TIME (CT)
SEPTEMBER – PRESEASON
Tue.    20    @ Edmonton    8:00 P.M.
Thur.     22    @ St. Louis    7:00 P.M.
FRI.    23    COLUMBUS    7:00 P.M.
Sat.    24    @ Pittsburgh    2:00 P.M.
TUE.     27    ST. LOUIS    7:00 P.M.
Thur.    29    @ Columbus    6:00 P.M.
FRI.    30    EDMONTON    7:00 P.M.

OCTOBER – REGULAR SEASON
SAT.     8    COLUMBUS    7:00 P.M.
Mon.    10    @ N.Y. Islanders    12:00 P.M.   
Tue.    11    @ Ottawa    6:30 P.M.
THUR.    13    EDMONTON    7:00 P.M.
SAT.    15    DETROIT    7:00 P.M.
TUE.    18    PITTSBURGH    7:00 P.M.
Thur.    20    @ Edmonton    8:30 P.M.
Sat.    22    @ Vancouver    3:00 P.M.
THUR.    27    ANAHEIM    7:00 P.M.
SAT.    29    DETROIT    7:00 P.M.   
   
NOVEMBER
Tue.    1    @ Detroit    6:30 P.M.
THUR.    3    VANCOUVER    7:00 P.M.
SAT.    5    ST. LOUIS    7:00 P.M.
Tue.    8    @ Calgary    8:00 P.M.
Thur.    10    @ San Jose    9:30 P.M.
Sat.    12    @ Los Angeles    9:30 P.M.
Sun.    13    @ Anaheim    7:00 P.M.
Tue.    15    @ Columbus    6:00 P.M.
THUR.    17    COLORADO    7:00 P.M.   
SAT.    19    ST. LOUIS    7:00 P.M.   
WED.    23    NASHVILLE    7:00 P.M.   
FRI.    25    EDMONTON    1:00 P.M.   
SUN.    27    CALGARY    5:00 P.M.
MON.    28    TAMPA BAY    7:00 P.M.
Wed.    30    @ Edmonton    8:30 P.M.

DECEMBER
FRI.    2    NEW JERSEY    7:00 P.M.
Sun.    4    @ Anaheim    7:00 P.M.   
Tue.    6    @ San Jose    9:30 P.M.

Thur.    8    @ Los Angeles    9:30 P.M.
Sat.    10    @ Phoenix    7:00 P.M.
Tue.    13    @ Winnipeg    7:30 P.M.
WED.    14    CHICAGO    7:00 P.M.
SAT.    17    N.Y. ISLANDERS    7:00 P.M.
Mon.    19    @ Vancouver    9:00 P.M.
Tue.    20    @ Calgary    8:00 P.M.
Thur.    22    @ Edmonton    8:30 P.M.
MON.    26    COLORADO    5:00 P.M.
Wed.    28    @ Nashville    7:00 P.M.
THUR.    29    EDMONTON    7:00 P.M.
SAT.     31    PHOENIX    5:00 P.M.

DAY    DATE    OPPONENT    TIME (CT)
JANUARY
Wed.    4    @ Vancouver    9:00 P.M.   
Sat.    7    @ Calgary    9:00 P.M.
TUE.    10    SAN JOSE    7:00 P.M.   
Thur.    12    @ Chicago    7:30 P.M.
Sat.    14    @ St. Louis    7:00 P.M.   
Tue.    17    @ Philadelphia    6:00 P.M.
Thur.    19    @ Toronto    6:00 P.M.
SAT.    21    DALLAS    8:00 P.M.   
Tue.    24    @ Colorado    8:00 P.M.
Sun.    29    NHL All-Star Game (Ottawa, Ont.)    TBA
TUE.    31    NASHVILLE    7:00 P.M.

FEBRUARY
Thur.    2    @ Colorado    8:00 P.M.   
Sat.    4    @ Dallas    7:00 P.M.
Tue.    7    @ Columbus    6:00 P.M.
THUR.    9    VANCOUVER    7:00 P.M.   
SAT.    11    COLUMBUS    7:00 P.M.   
TUE.    14    ANAHEIM    7:00 P.M.   
THUR.    16    WINNIPEG    7:00 P.M.   
Sat.    18    @ St. Louis    1:00 P.M.
SUN.    19    BOSTON    2:00 P.M.   
Thur.    23    @ Florida    6:30 P.M.
Fri.    24    @ Dallas    7:30 P.M.
SUN.    26    SAN JOSE    5:00 P.M.   
TUE.    28    LOS ANGELES    7:00 P.M.

MARCH
Thur.    1    @ Montreal    6:00 P.M.
Fri.    2    @ Detroit    6:30 P.M.
SUN.    4    COLORADO    6:00 P.M.
Tue.    6    @ Colorado    8:00 P.M.
Thur.    8    @ Phoenix    8:00 P.M.
SUN.    11    CALGARY    5:00 P.M.
TUE.    13    DALLAS    7:00 P.M.   
SAT.    17    CAROLINA    1:00 P.M.
MON.    19    VANCOUVER    7:00 P.M.   
THUR.    22    CALGARY    7:00 P.M.   
Sat.    24    @ Buffalo    6:00 P.M.
Sun.    25    @ Washington    4:00 P.M.
TUE.     27    N.Y. RANGERS    7:00 P.M.
THUR.    29    FLORIDA    7:00 P.M.
SAT.    31    LOS ANGELES    7:00 P.M.
   
APRIL
Sun.    1    @ Chicago    6:00 P.M.
Tue.    3    @ Nashville    7:00 P.M.
THUR.    5    CHICAGO    7:00 P.M.   
SAT.    7    PHOENIX    7:00 P.M.

DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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