November 13, 2018 vs Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin and the defending champions will make their way to the State of Hockey in November. This is a critical game for the Minnesota Wild, as it will be their first game home after the 7 game road trip.
Minnesota will return home from the west coast trip, and have 1 day off before diving into a tough matchup with the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin is a superstar, Braden Holtby is one of the best in the league between the pipes, and this team just opened the NHL season with a 7-0 dismantling of the Boston Bruins.
Last season, the Minnesota Wild lost both games against the Capitals so a game this early in the season will be a good challenge to determine where the Wild stand in terms of NHL positioning.
The last time the Minnesota Wild beat the Washington Capitals was in March of 2015, so a win coming off a long road trip against the Stanley Cup Champions would likely be the biggest win of the season.
If you aren’t too keen on the Wild’s chances to win this one, then at least you should be in for a fast paced game and get to see Ovechkin, Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and John Carlson in person.
This will also be Military Appreciation Night at Xcel Energy Center, so if you don’t feel like supporting the Wild in a huge game in November you can at least get out and support the troops. The Wild will also be wearing their camo jerseys in warm-ups for this one.