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The National Hockey League (NHL) team the Minnesota Wild are based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. The team plays in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division. The Wild franchise was established in 2000 and was the first Minnesota NHL franchise since 1993 when the Minnesota North Stars relocated to Dallas, TX. In their first game, they were defeated by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks by a score of 3-1. Five games later the Wild recorded their first win versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Wild play their home games at Xcel Energy Center. During the NHL’s 2002-2003 season, the Wild made it into the playoffs for the first time and made it all the way into the Western Conference Finals. However, the Anaheim Might Ducks swept them. Minnesota’s two affiliate minor league teams are the Bakersfield Condors and Houston Aeros. The Wild as of 2011 have a .531 winning percentage average since they entered the NHL. They are also the only 1997 expansion team to have advanced past the playoffs’ second round.
The Minnesota Wild have made the playoffs three times. In 2002-2003, the team finished in third place in the Northwest Division and lost in the Conference Finals to Anaheim. In 2006-2007, they placed second in their division and lost to the Ducks in the Conference Quarterfinals. In 2007-08, the Wild won their division but lost to the Avalanche in the Conference Quarterfinals.