The Minnesota Wild is a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Wild was founded on June 25, 1997, as an expansion team. The Wild have played their home games at the Xcel Energy Center since 2001.
The Wild enjoyed some success in their early years, making the playoffs in four of their first six seasons. However, they have not made the playoffs since 2008, and have only managed one winning season since then.
Minnesota Wild revelry reached its first peak in the 2003-04 season. That year, the team made its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and advanced to the Western Conference Final. The Wild’s success that season was short-lived, however, as they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.
The Wild have yet to make a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have only managed one winning season since then. The team’s struggles have been well-documented, and they are often referred to as the NHL’s ” laughingstock “.
Despite their lack of recent success, the Wild remain popular in Minnesota. The team is regularly among the NHL’s leaders in attendance and has sold out every home game since their inaugural season.
The Wild are currently in the midst of a rebuild and are hoping to return to their early success in the near future. In the meantime, fans can watch the team play live online via the Minnesota Wild Live Stream Free Online at NHL WEBCAST.