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Tailgate block party to kick off Wild playoff festivities

Community members and hockey fans are invited to attend a block party to be held Monday before the Minnesota Wild’s playoff game against the St. Louis Blues.

The party, which takes place at St. Paul’s Rice Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is free and will include music, activities, beer and wine. Some fans will also grill in their own tailgate spots after the team coordinated a lottery system to do so.

The puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Monday’s game will be shown on Bally Sports North, ESPN and KFAN 100.3 FM.

The Wild will host Game 1 on Monday and Game 2 on Wednesday. If the series goes the distance, the Wild will play Game 7 on May 14 at the Xcel Energy Center, where the team went 31-8-2 this season.

The last time the Wild had the home advantage in a playoff series was against the Blues in the first round in 2017, when they lost in six games.

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