Updated: 04/16/2014 2:41 PM
Created: 04/16/2014 1:41 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert
The Minnesota Wild face the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night to begin a best-of-seven series in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Here is the Wild's game schedule for its series against the Avalanche:
Game 1 - Thursday, 4/17 - at Colorado, 8:30 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, 4/19 - at Colorado, 8:30 p.m.
Game 3 - Monday, 4/21 - at Xcel Energy Center, 6 p.m.
Game 4 - Thursday, 4/24 - at Xcel Energy Center, 8:30 p.m.
Game 5* - Saturday, 4/26 - at Colorado, TBA
Game 6* - Monday, 4/28 - at Xcel Energy Center, TBA
Game 7* - Wednesday, 4/30 - at Colorado, TBA
(* if needed)
Three series begin Wednesday: Montreal-Tampa Bay, Columbus-Pittsburgh and Dallas-Anaheim.
Three other series begin Thursday: Philadelphia-New York Rangers, Chicago-St. Louis and Los Angeles-San Jose.
The Red Wings-Bruins series will start on Friday in Boston.