After sifting thru the 2013-14 Minnesota Wild schedule, just released today, one thing is clear:
This upcoming season ain't gonna be easy, Wild fans.
Four four-game homestands (Two of those with the four games within seven calendar days).
Playing every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between Dec. 29 and the 16-day Olympic break (Feb. 6). Four games per week on three of the last 5 weeks of the regular season. Twenty Thursday games (10 home, 10 away). Fifteen Tuesday games (8 home, 7 away). Eighteen Saturday games (8 home, 10 away. Five different starting times (1:00, vs. Detroit, March 22), 5:00 (3, including St. Louis on New Year's Eve), 6:30 (twice, both Wednesdays for TSN), 8:00 (once, 'Hockey Day Minnesota' vs. Dallas, Jan. 18) and the other 35 games are (for now, we'll see what TV wants) at 7:00 PM.
And, to top it all off, the last five games of the season: Pittsburgh at the 'X', at Winnipeg, then three more home games (vs. Boston, St. Louis, and Nashville on the season's last day).
The Wild's press release says the Wild travel over 44,000 miles this season, which is actually less than they have previously, as Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary are no longer divisional rivals.
More on this later in my next post; I still need to get my head around this schedule after last season's 48-game scramble. But for now, let's suffice it to say that the NHL schedule makers still don't have a soft spot in their hearts, for our locally-based sextet.