Minnesota Wild 2014 News and Updates
4/17/14 – Minnesota finished the regular-season off strong, clinching the No.1 Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Colorado Avalanche
welcome the Minnesota Wild, who are looking to secure their first postseason series since 2003, tonight at Pepsi Center in Denver to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs Division Semifinals. Games 3, 4 and 6 (if nec.) will take place in Minnesota and the Wild will play their first home playoff game Monday night at Xcel Energy Center (avg. $138). While Minnesota was 1-3-1 against the Avs during the regular season, most of the games were decided by one goal. Goaltending will be a must; starting in goal Thursday will be Ilya Bryzgalov.
4/9/14 – After winning three in a row, the Wild are comfortably sitting in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Minnesota is seven points ahead of Dallas who is holding on to the final playoff spot. Following Tuesday’s shootout win over Boston, the Minnesota Wild clinched a playoff spot and secured the seventh seed which means they’ll face the division winner with the fewest points in the opening round of the postseason. If the NHL playoffs started today, that would be the Anaheim Ducks whom the Wild recorded a 4-2 victory over in their last meeting (Jan 28). Two regular season games remain on the Minnesota Wild schedule – 4/10 vs. St. Louis (get-in $36) and 4/13 vs. Nashville (get-in $48); both games will be played at Xcel Energy Center.
4/3/14 – Minnesota will try to stay in front of Dallas and Phoenix in the Western Conference behind netminder (and former Coyote) Ilya Bryzgalov. Goaltenders Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, and Darcy Kuemper are all out with injuries. The Wild have distanced themselves from the pack, now four points ahead of the Stars who hold the second wild card spot. Thursday, the Minnesota Wild will look to secure their 40th win of the season against the Chicago Blackhawks, a team they’ve beaten three of four times this year. Should the Wild get the W, it’d be the first time the franchise has hit the 40-win mark since 2008-09.
3/28/14 – With 85 points, Minnesota (37-26-11) currently holds the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. With the Phoenix Coyotes recent 7-2-1 record, the Wild’s ride to the NHL playoffs just got slippery. Separated by just one point, Saturday's showdown (avg. $60) in the desert between the two teams will be one for the books. The teams split their two previous meetings this season, each winning on the road. Can the Wild win for the fifth time in their last six in Phoenix? A top wild card spot would likely avoid an encounter with the current No.1 Western Conference Blues, whom the Wild lost to Thursday 1-5, in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
3/19/14 – Former Isle Matt Moulson returned to Nassau Coliseum for the first time since being traded last Fall and scored two goals in the Wild’s 6-0 rout of New York Tuesday night. The Wild hope to have a similar result Thursday, when Zach Parise visits New Jersey for the first time since leaving as a free agent. Following the Devils vs. Wild game, Minnesota will play a weekend home-and-home series against Detroit (avg. $226). If the NHL playoffs started today, the Wild (82 points) would receive the first wild card spot and face Pacific Division leaders Anaheim Ducks. Minnesota Wild playoff tickets are available for the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center – averaging $185 (HG1), $176 (HG2), and $194 (HG3).
3/11/14 – Of the nine remaining regular-season games at Xcel Energy Center, the cheapest games will be played this week. First, the Wild will host the Edmonton Oilers (avg. $96) where Minnesota will look to get the season sweep. Thursday, the New York Rangers (avg. $91) will be in town and the Minnesota Wild will look to reverse December’s 1-4 loss. With 18 games remaining, the Wild are four points ahead of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. In a massive deal with the Buffalo Sabres right as the NHL trade deadline was closing, the Wild acquired star forward Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick in exchange for Torrey Mitchell and a second-round draft pick. The move proved that the organization was ready to make a run deep into the playoffs.
3/4/14 – The rumor mill was churning this morning with talks of the Wild acquiring Jaroslav Halak or Martin Brodeur as they made it clear they were in the market for a goaltender; instead, Minnesota went with veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round pick. The new lineup will next take home ice Sunday against the St. Louis Blues in which Minnesota Wild tickets are averaging $127. The March 9 meeting will be the first of four in a row at Xcel Energy Center.
2/25/14 - The Minnesota Wild will return a number of talented Olympians—including Mikael Granlund & Mikko Koivu (Finland), Zach Parise & Ryan Suter (USA) and Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland)—who are all expected to play in the first post-Olympic game Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers. The Wild are currently ahead by five points in the Western Division race for the wild card. Though this healthy lead should hold off competition for a while, Minnesota is looking at a tough March schedule that includes 14 games in 24 days. There will be no room for slip-ups, so get Minnesota Wild tickets if you want to see some intense action! The Calgary Flames will be the Wild's first opponents at home; tickets start at $37 in the Upper Level and $67 in the Lower Level.
2/21/14 – The Wild returned from their Olympic break Wednesday at the Braemar Arena in Edina without their goaltender Josh Harding who has been out with multiple sclerosis medication issues since January 2. The Wild’s goalie led the league with a 1.65 goals-against average and was third with a .933 save percentage before being placed on injured reserve. The Wild did call up defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Jake Dowell from their AHL team in Des Moines and will return to Xcel Energy Center Mar 3 to play the Calgary Flames. The young club is currently in sixth in the East and will look to secure at least a Wild Card berth in the NHL playoffs this year.
2/4/14 – Tonight’s matchup against the Lightning in Minnesota is the second and final meeting this season for the two teams. Ninety minutes before the puck drops, last minute Minnesota Wild tickets are available from $36. Fans who cannot make the game Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center, grab Wild tickets for Thursday’s matchup against the Predators for a similar price, upwards of $38. Three weeks ago the Wild shutout Nashville 4-0 with goals from Dany Heatley and Jason Zucker in the first period and from Matt Cooke and Marco Scandella in the third.
1/30/14 – The Wild picked up a road win in Anaheim Tuesday night against the best team in the NHL. It was just the second loss in regulation for the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. Minnesota will take their physicality to Colorado Thursday where they’ll try to stop the Av’s Gabriel Landeskog who has been a point-per-game player in the last 17. Minnesota Wild tickets at Xcel Energy Center are hovering around the league average at $122 for remaining home games, 40% less than they were at the beginning of the year.
3/22/13 - At the halfway point of the NHL season, the Minnesota Wild lead the Northwest Division. With significant contributions from free-agent acquisitions — Zach Parise and Ryan Sutter — the team is on its way to the NHL Playoffs. Youngsters Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker give us the impression that the future is bright in Minnesota. A couple more years with this team playing together and the MN Wild will be in position to win their first Stanley Cup.
Minnesota Wild 2013-2014 Season
The Wild exited the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs
in the first round after losing to the eventual Cup champs, Chicago Blackhawks. The beginning of the 2013-14 year had a different story, Minnesota handed Chicago its first regulation home defeat this season. But, in their second meeting two nights later, it was the Blackhawks who were victorious over the Wild. Inter-conference games between the Pittsburgh Penguins (4/5), Buffalo Sabres (1/2), and Washington Capitals (1/4) are the most expensive games on the Minnesota Wild schedule. One to mark on your calendars: Zach Parise return
to Prudential Center on 3/20. New Jersey Devils vs. Minnesota Wild tickets for the game start at $23. Overall, the price of Wild tickets at Xcel Energy Center are up 75%
after making their first post-season appearance since 2008.
Following the many additions to the Wild roster in the 2012 off-season, Minnesota Wild tickets increased 46% on the secondary market. Now averaging $111, MN Wild tickets are still under the League average. The most expensive game on the Minnesota Wild schedule is against the Chicago Blackhawks (4/9) who started the season with the team's longest win streak in history and a 20-0-3 record.
The Vancouver Canucks are usually the team we see at the top of the Northwest Division. Matches against the Canucks at Xcel Energy Center averaged $100 (2/7) and $120 (3/10). The Wild's latest 4-2 win over division rival Canucks, put Minnesota third overall in the West. Unfortunately, this rivalry, which seems to be evolving, may change with the (potential) realignment.
If you're a sports fan living in Minnesota consider this — the average Wild tickets are $111, Timberwolves tickets $41 (cheapest in NBA), and Twins tickets $28 (2nd cheapest in MLB).