Wild to open season with home-and-home series against Colorado
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The Wild will renew their rivarly with Colorado to open the 2014-15 season by playing a home-and-home series against the Avalanche, starting Oct. 9 in St. Paul and continuing two nights later in Denver. The Wild eliminated the Avs in seven games in their opening-round playoff series this past season.
The NHL announced its regular-season schedule on Sunday and while the Wild will open at home they will then play three in a row on the road, including games at Anaheim and Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles on Oct. 17 and Oct. 19, respectively.
The Wild will play host to the Kings on Nov. 26 and March 28. Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will visit on Nov. 4. Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitals will play in St. Paul on March 19.
The Wild will play a total of 29 games against Central Division rivals, including five apiece against Colorado (three home, two road), Chicago (two home, three road), Dallas (two home, three road), Nashville (two home, three road) and Winnipeg (three home, two road), and four against St. Louis (two home, two road).
The longest homestand for the Wild will be five games (March 27 through April 6) and the longest road trip will be four games (Jan. 20 through Feb. 1). The Wild will have seven trips of three games.
The Wild will face the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets in their final three home games of the regular season in April before closing with a three-game trip to Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis. Minnesota will end the regular season on April 11.
While the Wild often plays host to a game on the Friday following Thanksgiving and a New Year's Eve game, the team will be on the road on both dates in 2014-15. Minnesota will play at Dallas on Nov. 28 and at Columbus on Dec. 31.