Updated: 04/18/2014 8:18 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 3:30 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert
While the Minnesota Wild prepared for its first Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday, crews worked to ready Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for Game 3 and Game 4 on Monday and Thursday next week.
The Wild placed a large sign on the west side of the ice arena and decorated street lights with playoff-themed banners. Inside, playoff souvenirs and gear filled the racks of The Hockey Lodge team store.
The Wild will host a pregame party outside of Gate 2 near the intersection of Kellogg Boulevard and West 7th Street.