Minnesota Wild Release A Columbus-Free Preseason Schedule

Assuming that the 2012-2013 season begins on time - which is no guarantee given the players and owners need to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement - the Minnesota Wild now know their preseason opponents and destinations. And they include Boise, Idaho. From Wild.com:
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.

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.
The game in Boise would mark the first time Minnesota has played in the Gem State.

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.


  1. Winnipeg vs. MN in back to back games (even in preseason) means a blood bath. Sign me up!

  2. I think last year I got to see every pre-season game streamed on the home-teams website. Maybe there was one exception, but it's not coming to mind.

  3. And come to think of it, usually I was able to get it to the 60" HDTV via my laptop's HDMI-out. With varying results, quality-wise.

  4. I remember watching pre-season games online but can't remember how many of them were from the opposing team. At least one of the Columbus games was because it's hard to forget someone continuing to pronounce a team's captain "Mikka Kovyoo."