The Minnesota Wild is a ice hockey team based in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded in 2000, becoming the first NHL franchise in Minnesota since the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993. They lost their first game, 31, to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and recorded their first win against the Tampa Bay Lightning five games later. The Wild play at the Xcel Energy Center. In the 200203 NHL season, the team made its first playoff appearance, and made a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals, where they were swept by the Ducks. Minnesota has two minor-league affiliates, the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. The team's first minor-league affiliate was the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL. As of 2012, the Wild have averaged a .524 points percentage since entering the league.
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