Pre-game festivities fuel Wild fans for playoff opener Monday night

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It’s been 5 years since the Minnesota Wild have had home ice in round one of the playoffs.

The last time was in 2017 when, just like this season, they hosted the St. Louis Blues.

Prior to puck drop in game one on Monday night fans headed to Rice Park in St. Paul just a few blocks from the Xcel Energy Center to enjoy tailgating, food, and music in preparation for the round one series.

Even St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s own personalized tailgate rig was at the event.

The Wild went 0-1-2 against the Blues this year. None of the games however were played at the Xcel Energy Center, so fans are anticipating the series to have a lot of energy.

Click the video box above to hear from Wild fan Steve Metzmaker.

Puck drop between the Wild and Blues is set for 8:30pm.