Every single one of Minnesota’s games this year will surely have some excitement to it. However, there are always games that are going to be more interesting than others. So I’ve put together this list of the top Wild games to watch this season, ranked by month. Just in case you can’t catch all 82 games on television, this will hopefully help you decide which ones you absolutely have to see.
Minnesota Vs Edmonton (October 13th, 2011)
This could potentially be the first time that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins plays in Minnesota against the Wild. It’s expected that Nugent-Hopkins will be given at least nine games to prove himself, meaning that he should be playing in this game. Wild fans will also have an opportunity to see Oilers such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Magnus Pajaarvi for the first time this season. With the Wild likely having a slightly weaker defence than last year, it will be interesting to see how they can handle the young offensive firepower of the Edmonton Oilers.
Minnesota @ San Jose (November 10th, 2011)
Every Wild fan needs to have this game marked on their calendar. This will be the first time that Brent Burns and Devin Setoguchi face their former teams. Dany Heatley will also face a former team of his, but we all know that he’s done that a few times before. It should be a very intense game for both teams, as they aren’t going to want to let their new teammates down by losing, and they especially won’t want to lose to their former teammates.
Minnesota Vs Colorado (December 26th, 2011)
The games between these two teams are always exciting, likely due to the fact that they are fierce rivals in the Northwest Division. It will be fun to watch players like Matt Duchene and maybe even Gabriel Landeskog of Colorado face the Wild in the first game for both teams after the Christmas break. Everyone loves a good division matchup, and this certainly could be an interesting one to see.
Minnesota @ Philadelphia (January 17th, 2012)
The Flyers certainly made some interesting and questionable moves in the off-season. Gone are Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, in are Ilya Bryzgalov, Jaromir Jagr, and Brayden Schenn. Philly should be a fun team to watch this season, and with this being the only matchup between the two teams this season, it’s a game you got to watch.
Minnesota Vs Winnipeg (February 16th, 2012)
Winnipeg will be in town for the first time in franchise history. The Jets will make their debut against the Wild in what will surely be a sold out Xcel Energy Center. The atmosphere of this game is guaranteed to be unbelievable. These two teams have never played each other before, and that’s exactly why if you’re picking a game to attend this season, it’s got to be this one. Who doesn’t love seeing a new team? This season for the Jets will be a memorable one, and since this is their only trip to St. Paul this season, it’s a must see game for Wild fans.
Minnesota @ Montreal (March 1st, 2012)
Last season the Habs blew out the Wild at the at the Xcel Energy Center, and this season Minnesota will definitely want to get some revenge at the Bell Centre. Any game in Montreal is always intense, and if the Wild aren’t in a playoff spot already at this point, winning this game could give them a huge confidence boost. Plus, a Koivu playing in Montreal is always a good thing right?
Minnesota Vs Phoenix (April 7th, 2012)
This will be the Minnesota Wild’s final regular season game, but hopefully they won’t be done yet. It will also be the Coyote’s last regular season game, but who knows if they’ll even be back in Glendale for the 2012-2013 season. Depending on what the Coyote’s situation is, this could be a very emotional game for both teams, which will be just what makes it a great matchup. If both sides are fully fired up for this one, watch out, because this could be one “Wild” game (full pun intended).
So if you can’t decide which games you want to attend, or even just need help deciding which nights you want off work to watch the Wild, this list will hopefully give you a pretty good idea of picking those games that you just got to see.