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Wild open the season at Nashville on October 3rd, and it only gets tougher from there

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The Minnesota Wild released their 2019-20 schedule, and boy, it’s a doozy. Three games to start the season on the road, and the Wild’s home opener is the only game at Xcel in the first seven. And sure, the eleven sets of back-to-backs are less than last year’s 15, but most of them come during the last two-and-a-half months of the season when points are critical and fatigue and injuries are at their worst.

On the plus side, the Wild do get seven-straight games at home in late January and early February, with the All-Star break and the CBA-mandated bye week sandwiched in-between.

Here is a breakdown of some of the key dates in the Wild’s 2019-20 horror show schedule:

  • Thursday, October 3rd: Wild open the season at Nashville, game one of a three-game road trip to start the season
  • Saturday, October 12th: Home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the lone Xcel stop in their first seven
  • Wednesday, October 30th and Saturday, November 2nd: The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues make their first appearances with a home-and-home series
  • Saturday, November 16: Nino Niederreiter gets his “welcome home video,” playing at Xcel for the first time since the mid-season trade last year that sent him to the Carolina Hurricanes
  • Monday, December 23rd: If you’re a fan of mandatory fights, this might be your night. Calgary makes their first appearance at Xcel in 2019 after ending Matt Dumba’s 2018-19 season with a ridiculous “answer-the-bell” fight, resulting in a shoulder injury that required surgery. And yes, I’m aware of the irony.
  • Tuesday, December 31: Get your New Years Eve started at 5 p.m. with a game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Thursday, January 16th: Start of seven straight home games, beginning with the President’s Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning
  • January 23-31: Nine days off due to the NHL All-Star Weekend and bye week
  • February 9-15: After a brief stop-off in Dallas on February 7th, the Wild enjoy another four-game homestand, making it 11 home games out of 12, from mid-January to mid-February. Plenty of time at home, and no back-to-backs during that span.

I hope they enjoy it. Because after that, the schedule turns absolutely brutal.

  • The entire month of March: Three back-to-backs in 13 days, and five of those six games on the road.
  • Saturday, March 28: Home finale (and likely Fan Appreciation Night) vs. Buffalo Sabres
  • Sunday, March 29 - Saturday, April 4: Wild close the season with a four-game road trip, starting with the second night of yet another back-to-back, this time against a rested St. Louis Blues, followed by games against 2018 playoff participants New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators.

Minnesota Wild 2019-20 Regular Season Schedule

Note: all times Central
Note: all times Central
October
Thur. 3 at Nashville 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 5 at Colorado 8:00 p.m.
Thur. 10 at Winnipeg 7:00 p.m.
SAT. 12 PITTSBURGH 7:00 P.M.
Mon. 14 at Ottawa 12:00 p.m.
Tue. 15 at Toronto 6:00 p.m.
Thur. 17 at Montreal 6:00 p.m.
SUN. 20 MONTREAL 4:00 P.M.
TUE. 22 EDMONTON 7:00 P.M.
Thur. 24 at Nashville 7:00 p.m.
SAT. 26 LOS ANGELES 7:00 P.M.
Tue. 29 at Dallas 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 30 at St. Louis 7:00 p.m.
November
SAT. 2 ST. LOUIS 7:00 P.M.
Tue. 5 at Anaheim 9:00 p.m.
Thur. 7 at San Jose 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 9 at Arizona 7:00 p.m.
Tue. 12 at Los Angeles 9:30 p.m.
THUR. 14 ARIZONA 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 16 CAROLINA 1:00 P.M.
Tue. 19 at Buffalo 6:00 p.m.
THUR. 21 COLORADO 7:00 P.M.
Sat. 23 at Boston 6:00 p.m.
Mon. 25 at N.Y. Rangers 6:00 p.m.
Tue. 26 at New Jersey 6:00 p.m.
FRI. 29 OTTAWA 3:00 P.M.
December
SUN. 1 DALLAS 2:00 P.M.
Tue. 3 at Florida 6:00 p.m.
Thur. 5 at Tampa Bay 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 7 at Carolina 6:00 p.m.
TUE. 10 ANAHEIM 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 12 EDMONTON 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 14 PHILADELPHIA 6:00 P.M.
Sun. 15 at Chicago 6:00 p.m.
Tue. 17 at Vegas 9:00 p.m.
Thur. 19 at Arizona 8:30 p.m.
SAT. 21 WINNIPEG 1:00 P.M.
MON. 23 CALGARY 4:00 P.M.
Fri. 27 at Colorado 7:00 p.m.
SUN. 29 N.Y. ISLANDERS 5:00 P.M.
TUE. 31 TORONTO 5:00 P.M.
January
SAT. 4 WINNIPEG 1:00 P.M.
SUN. 5 CALGARY 6:00 P.M.
Thur. 9 at Calgary 8:00 p.m.
SUN. 12 VANCOUVER 3:00 P.M.
Tue. 14 at Pittsburgh 6:00 p.m.
THUR. 16 TAMPA BAY 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 18 DALLAS 8:00 P.M.
MON. 20 FLORIDA 7:00 P.M.
WED. 22 DETROIT 7:00 P.M.
Sun. 26 NHL All-Star Game (St. Louis)
February
SAT. 1 BOSTON 7:00 P.M.
TUE. 4 CHICAGO 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 6 VANCOUVER 7:00 P.M.
Fri. 7 at Dallas 7:30 p.m.
SUN. 9 COLORADO 6:30 P.M.
TUE. 11 VEGAS 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 13 N.Y. RANGERS 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 15 SAN JOSE 4:00 P.M.
Wed. 19 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
Fri. 21 at Edmonton 8:00 p.m.
SUN. 23 ST. LOUIS 6:30 P.M.
TUE. 25 COLUMBUS 7:00 P.M.
Thur. 27 at Detroit 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 28 at Columbus 6:00 p.m.
March
SUN. 1 WASHINGTON 7:00 P.M.
TUE. 3 NASHVILLE 7:00 P.M.
Thur. 5 at San Jose 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 7 at Los Angeles 3:00 p.m.
Sun. 8 at Anaheim 8:30 p.m.
THUR. 12 VEGAS 7:00 P.M.
Sat. 14 at Philadelphia 12:00 p.m.
SUN. 15 NASHVILLE 6:30 P.M.
TUE. 17 CHICAGO 7:00 P.M.
Thur. 19 at Chicago 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 20 at Winnipeg 7:00 p.m.
MON. 23 COLORADO 7:00 P.M.
THUR. 26 NEW JERSEY 7:00 P.M.
SAT. 28 BUFFALO 7:00 P.M.
Sun. 29 at St. Louis 6:00 p.m.
Tue. 31 at N.Y. Islanders 6:00 p.m.
April
Thur. 2 at Washington 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 4 at Nashville 7:00 p.m