Minnesota released its preseason schedule today. The Wild will play home-and-home series against the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets, and close its preseason at the Calgary Flames.The game in Boise would mark the first time Minnesota has played in the Gem State.
Opening on the road, the Wild will play its first preseason game against the Stars on Tuesday Sept. 25 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Minnesota hosts Dallas on Sept. 26 and the Blues on Sept. 27 at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild plays at St. Louis on Sept. 29 and hosts Winnipeg on Oct. 2 before playing road games against the Jets on Oct. 4 and the Flames on Oct. 6. The Wild went 3-3-1 in preseason action last season and owns a 36-22-7 all-time mark in preseason matches.
Surprisingly the list of teams does not include Columbus. The Wild and Blue Jackets have played each other in the preseason at least once every year since 2008. Their game at the Xcel Energy Center last year, however, ended with Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski hitting Cal Clutterbuck in the head and subsequently receiving an eight-game suspension. This was followed up by Pierre-Marc Bouchard being suspended for two games after high-sticking Matt Calvert in the regular season opener.
(Minnesota does at least play St. Louis, their other annual preseason opponent, this year.)
Like in past years, all games are available on radio at KFAN.com but will not be broadcast on Fox Sports North. This means fans will have more time to prepare themselves for new Wild play-by-play announcer Anthony LaPanta (and they may need it) unless Minnesota streams a game or two on their website.