The Minnesota Wild is the first National Hockey League team to announce their 2010 preseason schedule.
From the team's official news release:
The Wild will play six of its seven preseason games in just over a week's time, starting with a visit from the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, September 22nd and ending with a visit from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, September 30th. The Wild will then cap the preseason during its first-ever trip overseas with a Compuware NHL Premiere exhibition game against Ilves Tampere, the most decorated club in Finnish Elite League history, in Tampere, Finland on Monday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. (CDT).
The preseason lineup also includes a visit from the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, September 25th and a road trip to Montréal on Sunday, September 26th. The Wild will twice face the Blues (September 22nd at Xcel Energy Center, September 24th at Scottrade Center) and the Blue Jackets (September 28th at Nationwide Arena, September 30th at Xcel Energy Center).
The Wild's friendly with Ilves Tampere at Tampereen Jaahalli Arena will be the first exhibition game against a non-NHL opponent. It will be the club's final tuneup before taking on the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, October 7th.
The Wild's 2010 preseason schedule is as follows:
(game start times are in Eastern Time)
September 22 - vs. St. Louis, 8:00 PM
September 24 - at St. Louis, 8:00 PM
September 25 - vs. Philadelphia, 8:00 PM
September 26 - at Montréal, 7:00 PM
September 28 - at Columbus, 7:00 PM
September 30 - vs. Columbus, 8:00 PM
October 4 - vs. Ilves Tampere (in Tampere, Finland), 12:00 PM