ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will begin the 2013-14 season at home. The NHL full 82-game schedule was released Friday, and Minnesota will host the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 3 to start the year.
The highlight of the schedule includes the league's new divisions thanks to the NHL's realignment. Minnesota will play in the seven-team Central Division, along with Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg.
Teams will play a total of 29 games against division foes -- five games against five teams and four games against one team, in the Wild's case. The Pacific Division in the Western Conference includes Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver. Both Eastern Conference divisions -- the Metropolitan and Atlantic -- are eight-team divisions.
The Wild will have five games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The first meeting between the two Central Division teams will be Oct. 26 in Chicago, follow...