The Landlubber’s Guide to the Minnesota Wild

Hey you. You’re swept up in all this Seattle Kraken hype. You want to know more about hockey but don’t know where to start. Well, we want to help make these games easy and fun for you to watch.

Throughout the season, we’ll release Landlubber’s Guides designed with the new fan in mind. This includes basic need-to-know info for you to absorb before you watch Kraken games and highlights.

Let’s dive in to the Minnesota Wild

Are they any good?

They are very good. The Wild have been known as a boring team in the NHL for years now, generally finishing in the middle of the pack and exiting the playoffs in the first round. That changed last season with the arrival of Kirill Kaprizov, which turned them into must-see TV and helped them nearly keep pace with the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Division. They took Vegas to 7 games in the first round of the playoffs but ultimately still couldn’t get over that first round hump.

This year they’ve come roaring back to a 5-1 record, sitting 2nd in the Central Division—a division that doesn’t include the powerhouse Knights that they had to deal with last year. It’s still early but they should at the very least make the playoffs this year, if not win the whole division.

Who should I look out for?

Any Seattle ties?

Odds and Ends

The puck drops at 7pm PST tonight at Climate Pledge Arena and will be broadcast on ROOT Sports NW for regional subsribers.