The NHL reinstated their postponed 2019-20 schedule around the same time the NBA did back in August and the Minnesota Wild played four games in the bubble, before being shown the exit.
Since then, things have changed quite a bit and a great Russian hope has arrived at Tria Rink in St. Paul. Fans are foaming at the mouth for some Wild hockey, as they set up their own backyard rinks for the winter.
Well, they won’t have to wait much longer. The 2020-21 schedule is being leaked to Michael Russo (The Athletic) and it looks like the Wild will play their first game of the season on January 14 vs the Kings in LA.
Kinda fitting, but Russia's "Old New Year" 2021 will be celebrated Jan. 14.— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) December 22, 2020
That will be the date of Kirill Kaprizov's NHL debut in Los Angeles
Hearing Wild open with 4 in a row at LA and Anaheim; Open at home Jan. 22 with 6-game homestand starting with 2 in a row vs. San Jose.
Weird (er) Season (Thanks a lot Canada)
It looks like the NHL will do an MLB-style season where teams in the same division will be playing mini-series against each other. Obviously it will be different because, thanks to Canada, they will ONLY play games against teams in their own division.
That’s why the Wild play in the “West” division now and will have to travel 28,972,340,982,930,875 miles during this season, while teams in the “East” will be able to walk to their away games.
But life isn’t fair and at least we have hockey on the docket again so that’s where my complaining will end. The NHL is expected to release their full schedule tomorrow (according to Russo).
NHL schedules expected to be released tomorrow afternoon— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) December 22, 2020
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan