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Wild announces six-game exhibition schedule

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: July 10, 2013 - 11:24 AM

The Wild announced its 2013-14 preseason schedule today. The Wild will play a home-and-home series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets during the preseason for a total of six games. St. Louis and Winnipeg are two of the new division rivals Minnesota will face this season along with the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. The Blue Jackets move to the East with the Red Wings.

Remember, teams schedule their own preseason games. The NHL puts out the regular-season schedule.

With the Coyotes now staying in Phoenix, all 30 NHL teams can announce its preseason scheds. Once it's official that the NHL will partake in February's Winter Olympics, the league will release each team's 82-game schedules. That should happen this month (it better, since teams would like to start selling some mini-packs and book local TV and radio dates).

2013-14 MINNESOTA WILD PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Location Time (CDT)
Tuesday, Sept. 17 Columbus Blue Jackets Xcel Energy Center 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19 at Winnipeg Jets MTS Centre 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 Winnipeg Jets Xcel Energy Center 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 23 at Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 25 St. Louis Blues Xcel Energy Center 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27 at St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 7 p.m.

All preseason games will be available on KFAN 100.3 FM.

Training camp begins Sept. 11. The first two days, the Wild will be out of the X and probably at Ridder Arena because of concerts.

Preseason tickets will go on sale on Monday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations.

I'll blog later after the Matt Cooke press gathering. See the previous blog for development camp tidbits from yesterday.

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