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After finishing a four-game road trip and a stretch that saw them play nine of 11 games away from home, the Minnesota Wild open a five-game homestand on Monday night with the first game of a back-to-back against the West Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights.
It will mark just the third time since Jan. 31 that the Wild, who had a 14-day pause due to COVID-19 protocols at the start of February, will be playing on their home ice at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. It begins a span that will see Minnesota play eight of 10 games at home.
Minnesota swept its only two home games over the past five weeks, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1 and 4-3 in overtime, in a back-to-back on Feb. 26-27 and are 5-3-0 at home this season.