ST PAUL, Minn. — Summer may be just getting out of the blocks but it's always hockey season in Minnesota. 

The Wild released their 2019-20 regular season schedule Tuesday, an intriguing road map that will hopefully lead the retooled NHL team back to the playoffs, and possibly... a Stanley  Cup. Nashville is where the club will open on Thursday, October 3 against the division-rival Predators. After a 3-game road trip the Wild will return to the Xcel Energy Center for the home opener against Pittsburgh October 12. 

The 41-game home schedule features 21 weekend games (one on Friday, 11 on Saturday and nine on Sunday). The Wild's four home games in October are tied for the fewest in franchise history while on the flip side, the 24 home games from Jan. 1 to seasons end are tied for the most in franchise history.

NHL schedulers put 26 games on the calendar against Central Division opponents, including four games each (two home, two road) against Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis and Winnipeg. Minnesota will play five games against Colorado (three home, two road) and Nashville (two home, three road).

On-sale dates and ticket pricing will be announced at a later date. For more on the Wild schedule, including an option of syncing it to your mobile phone or electronic calendar, visit the Minnesota Wild website.

Here are a couple of interesting facts about the coming season.

  • Length of Wild's 2019-20 Season: 195 days (Oct. 3-April 4). The 2018-19 season lasted 184 days.
  • Air miles: The Wild will travel an estimated 41,829 air miles during the 2019-20 season. Minnesota logged approximately 48,648 air miles during the 2018-19 season.
  • Five-Day Bye Week: Jan. 27-31