Minnesota's newest franchise in the four major sports leagues, the Minnesota Wild is a young franchise with an already impressive playoff resume. There's nothing quite like NHL playoff hockey, and when the Wild get there, St. Paul turns frenzied, packing the Xcel Energy Center and scooping up tickets before your mom can even get on the internet ticket site for you.
All home Minnesota Wild hockey games are played at the Xcel Energy Center, located at 199 West Kellogg Boulevard in Saint Paul.
While many new NHL teams don't make their NHL playoff debut until many years after their inaugural season, the Minnesota Wild made it in only their third season in 2002-03. The Wild drew a first round meeting with hated division rival the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks jumped out to a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, and the Wild's first playoff campaign looked like it was about to come to an end. However, the Wild came back to win! The Minnesota Wild went on to be down again 3-1 in the next round of the playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche, but the Wild miraculously battled back again to win the series. The Wild fell in four games to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, ending a magical run where they became the NHL's only team to come back from consecutive 3-1 playoff series deficits.
The Minnesota Wild has been a miraculous team in both the regular season and their playoff campaigns. When deemed the underdogs, they shock the world. When the Minnesota Wild makes it back to the NHL playoffs, make sure not to miss it. This team is dedicated to winning, and in this town, that's always a hot ticket.