Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014-15 Schedule Release

Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune
In the least televised schedule release you will ever see, the NHL and its 30 clubs released the full schedule for the 2014-15 season.

As announced yesterday, the Wild grab their season and home opener on October 9th when they get to host the Avalanche in a rematch of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (how did that end again?). But after that opener, the Wild go on to play five of the next seven on the road, including a weekend stop in LA and Anaheim.

The schedule this year is not as condensed due to no Olympic Break, and after a three year absence there will be an NHL All-Star game this year (January 25 in Columbus).

Some highlights of the Wild schedule include:

  • Our friends from the north (Winnipeg) visit Xcel Energy Center on November 16, December 27, and April 6. The Wild travel up to Manitoba on December 29 and February 10 (both are weekday games for those interested in making the drive up there).
  • The Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings visit St. Paul on November 26.
  • Pittsburgh makes an early trip to Minnesota this year, as they come to town on November 4.
  • The Wild play in Ottawa on November 6 and Montreal on November 8. As Russo points out, it is a worth while road trip to take.
  • The Wild are in Columbus on New Years Eve. Does that mean Columbus just uses the cannon for fireworks?
  • Saturday January 17 against Phoenix appears to be the annual Hockey Day Minnesota. No word on where the host city will be.
  • Chad Graff got his wish (sarcasm) and got trips to Edmonton in January and February. Woof.
  • The annual March road heavy schedule is in effect thanks to the X being used for all those events.
  • April has six games. First three at home against New York Rangers, Detroit, and Winnipeg. The final three games come on the road against Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis. Lets hope the Wild have things wrapped up before the final three games.
For the full schedule, click on the above link.

Stay tuned to the Team of 18,001 this week as we kick off our week long draft coverage starting tomorrow.

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