The Ice Sheet: January 16 - KMSP-TV

The Ice Sheet: January 16

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Scrimmage Preview:

It's gameday…sort of. The Wild will take to the ice tonight against a familiar opponent, themselves. The scrimmage will be a sellout of hungry hockey fans who will flock to the ‘X' to get their first peek at the new look team before they open the season Saturday night.

The scrimmage will be televised on FSN beginning with a 6:30 p.m. pregame show and will also air live on KFAN (100.3 FM) and will feature a split between the Wild and Houston Aeros players. As the team readies for opening night Saturday, they are treating this like a gameday. The teams will play 20 minute periods along with referees. Should be an interesting watch.

Doors open at 6 p.m. to fans.

Sellouts:

The Wild announced today the team has sold out two games after tickets went on sale this morning at Xcel Energy Center. The regular season home opener against Colorado slated for Saturday night as well as the February 17th game vs. Detroit.

A limited number of tickets are available for the remaining 22-home games and can be purchased at wild.com and all Ticketmaster locations.

Rekindling the Excitement:

Minnesota is the State of Hockey and fans will have no problem firing up the excitement meter as the season begins post work stoppage. It seems as though the team signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter years ago, but with two of the biggest free-agent signings choosing the Wild, they will finally play in front of Minnesota fans wearing a Wild sweater.

Expectations:

The Wild haven't made the playoffs since the 2007-2008 season which is unthinkable. That should change with this group. Obviously there will be injuries to work through, but this team is built with veteran leaders who have been to the playoffs and the franchise now has depth in the minor leagues who can step if needed.

While we're not saying Stanley Cup or bust, this should be the year the Wild make a run in May and June.

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