Minnesota Wild 2012-13 Schedule Released: Season To Open October 13 vs Colorado

Look at all of the craps I give about the schedule! (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The schedule has been released! (not that it matters, since the season will be lost to a lockout) - http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyseason.htm?team=min

So it kicks off on October 13, 2012 at home as 2013 presumptive Calder Trophy favorite Mikael Granlund takes on 2012 Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche.

Some things that stand out to me:

  • October homestand coincides with JS' University break. Time for the lad to visit the X.
  • Only 4 home games in November with 2 long road trips that month. That will tell a lot about the team.
  • January 2. Winnipeg. Road Trip. Let's do it.
  • Home virtually all of December. That should help get the team to gel.
  • Too many games against Edmonton.
  • Nine, 9:00 or later starts. That's not awful I guess.
So Wilderness, what games stand out to you?

Full schedule after the jump

Bryan's Key Dates:

  • October 13: Beginning of hope building portion of the season
  • October 16: First concussion to Wild player
  • November 1: First Wild player lost "indefinitely" due to injury
  • December 14-28: Two week home stand - Trade Backstrom rumors begin
  • December 20: First home game against Canucks - First complaints about Parise being soft begin
  • January 12: Season Collapse and Emotional Breakdown begins
  • January 15-29: Two week home stand - Wild skate their 58th player
  • March: 9 home games - State tournament outsells Wild
  • April 13: Wild officially announce they have missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild's 2012-13 National Hockey League (NHL) regular season schedule was released today. Minnesota opens its season at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:00 p.m. against the Colorado Avalanche. The 2012-13 schedule consists of 82 games - 41 at Xcel Energy Center and 41 road contests. The Wild's home schedule features 17 weekend games (three on Friday, 11 on Saturday and three on Sunday). 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 eight games against the Atlantic Division, five against the Northeast Division and five versus the Southeast Division. Minnesota will play a home and home series against Pittsburgh (home game Jan. 19), Philadelphia (home game Jan. 29) and the New York Islanders (home game Dec. 15). The Wild will also visit Boston, Carolina, defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg, while hosting Buffalo (Dec. 28), Florida (Oct. 27), Montreal (Oct. 23), Ottawa (March 3), Toronto (Nov. 23) and Washington (Oct. 29).

Popular out-of-town visits at Xcel Energy Center include: the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (Nov. 1, Jan. 22), the Calgary Flames (Jan. 3, Feb. 26, March 26), the Chicago Blackhawks (Nov. 28, Dec. 18), the Dallas Stars (Dec. 26, April 11), the Detroit Red Wings (Nov. 17, Feb. 17), the Edmonton Oilers (Dec. 14, Dec. 31, March 5), the St. Louis Blues (Nov. 15, March 30), the San Jose Sharks (Jan. 17, March 23), and the Vancouver Canucks (Dec. 20, Feb. 7, March 10).

Minnesota's home schedule features traditional holiday games such as the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) at 5:00 p.m. against Toronto; the day after Christmas (Dec. 26), a 7:00 p.m. start versus Dallas; as well as the New Year's Eve game, a 5:00 p.m. contest versus Edmonton.

The Wild will have a franchise record-tying, seven-game homestand - Dec. 14-28 against Edmonton, N.Y. Islanders, Chicago, Vancouver, Colorado, Dallas and Buffalo. The Wild will play nine home games in March - matching the most in franchise history. The club has a pair of six-game road trips, including an early November jaunt to Tampa Bay, Boston, the New York Rangers, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The Wild plays 18 of its first 28 games on the road. Minnesota plays 14 back-to-backs in 2012-13, up from 11 last season.

2012-2013 Season Tickets are now available for select lower level and RBC Club level seats. More information on season tickets is available at www.wild.com, or by contacting a Wild Ticket Sales Representative at 651-222-WILD. Single-game ticket pricing and on sale date will be announced later this summer.

Date Time in ET Visiting Home
Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:00 Colorado Minnesota
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:00 Columbus Minnesota
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:00 Minnesota Dallas
Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:00 Minnesota St. Louis
Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:00 Montreal Minnesota
Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:00 Minnesota Columbus
Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:00 Florida Minnesota
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:00 Washington Minnesota
Thu Nov 1, 2012 8:00 Los Angeles Minnesota
Sat Nov 3, 2012 7:00 Minnesota Tampa Bay
Tue Nov 6, 2012 7:00 Minnesota Boston
Thu Nov 8, 2012 7:00 Minnesota New York Rangers
Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:00 Minnesota Detroit
Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:00 Minnesota New Jersey
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:00 Minnesota Philadelphia
Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:00 St. Louis Minnesota
Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:00 Detroit Minnesota
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:00 Minnesota Vancouver
Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:00 Minnesota Calgary
Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:00 Toronto Minnesota
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:00 Minnesota Pittsburgh
Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:00 Chicago Minnesota
Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:00 Minnesota Colorado
Sat Dec 1, 2012 8:00 Minnesota Nashville
Wed Dec 5, 2012 9:30 Minnesota Phoenix
Sat Dec 8, 2012 10:30 Minnesota Los Angeles
Sun Dec 9, 2012 8:00 Minnesota Anaheim
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:00 Minnesota St. Louis
Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:00 Edmonton Minnesota
Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:00 New York Islanders Minnesota
Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:00 Chicago Minnesota
Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:00 Vancouver Minnesota
Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:00 Colorado Minnesota
Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:00 Dallas Minnesota
Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:00 Buffalo Minnesota
Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:00 Minnesota Dallas
Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:00 Edmonton Minnesota
Wed Jan 2, 2013 7:30 Minnesota Winnipeg
Thu Jan 3, 2013 8:00 Calgary Minnesota
Sat Jan 5, 2013 8:00 Nashville Minnesota
Wed Jan 9, 2013 10:00 Minnesota Anaheim
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:30 Minnesota Los Angeles
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:30 Minnesota San Jose
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:00 Anaheim Minnesota
Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:00 San Jose Minnesota
Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:00 Pittsburgh Minnesota
Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:00 Los Angeles Minnesota
Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:00 Philadelphia Minnesota
Fri Feb 1, 2013 7:00 Minnesota Carolina
Sat Feb 2, 2013 7:00 Minnesota Columbus
Tue Feb 5, 2013 7:00 Minnesota New York Islanders
Thu Feb 7, 2013 8:00 Vancouver Minnesota
Sat Feb 9, 2013 8:00 Colorado Minnesota
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:00 Minnesota Vancouver
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:30 Minnesota Calgary
Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:30 Minnesota Edmonton
Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:30 Detroit Minnesota
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:00 Nashville Minnesota
Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:30 Minnesota Edmonton
Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:00 Minnesota Calgary
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:00 Calgary Minnesota
Fri Mar 1, 2013 8:30 Minnesota Chicago
Sun Mar 3, 2013 6:00 Ottawa Minnesota
Tue Mar 5, 2013 8:00 Edmonton Minnesota
Sat Mar 9, 2013 8:00 Minnesota Nashville
Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:00 Vancouver Minnesota
Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:00 Phoenix Minnesota
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:00 Anaheim Minnesota
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:00 Minnesota Colorado
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:00 Minnesota Vancouver
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:30 Minnesota Edmonton
Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:00 San Jose Minnesota
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:00 Calgary Minnesota
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:00 Phoenix Minnesota
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:00 St. Louis Minnesota
Mon Apr 1, 2013 8:30 Minnesota Chicago
Wed Apr 3, 2013 10:30 Minnesota San Jose
Fri Apr 5, 2013 9:00 Minnesota Colorado
Sat Apr 6, 2013 9:00 Minnesota Phoenix
Tue Apr 9, 2013 7:30 Minnesota Detroit
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:00 Dallas Minnesota
Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:00 Columbus Minnesota
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