Minnesotans love their hockey. Luckily for them, The Minnesota Wild franchise made itself a mainstay in the NHL playoffs in the back half of the 2010s.
As a result, fans flock to the arena, and bettors flock to the sportsbook to get action on Minnesota Wild games.
Minnesota Wild Franchise History
In 2000, the Wild brought the NHL back to Minnesota seven years after the North Stars headed south to Dallas. The Wild, along with the Blue Jackets, pushed the league to 30 total teams.
The Wild held the title of youngest NHL team for 17 years until the addition of the Golden Knights in 2017.
Since their inception, the Wild have been relatively successful, but they haven’t been able to get over the hump. In the late 2000s, Minnesota’s hockey franchise made consecutive Quarterfinals appearances and won the Northwest division.
Unfortunately for Wild fans, that’s as much postseason success as the team would muster entering the 2020s. From 2013-2021, however, the Wild only missed the playoffs once, suggesting the team might be building something more sustainable.
The Minnesota Wild are still searching for their first Stanley Cup.
Betting on the Wild in Minnesota
Sports betting is currently illegal in Minnesota. While some legislators in the state have expressed support for legalization, there hasn’t been a lot of tribal support.
A bill in the Minnesota Senate in 2020 included sports betting, but it was limited to just Indian casino properties. Unfortunately, that still didn’t garner immense support from local tribes.
There are rumblings that a new 2022 bill with sports betting plans has a fair chance at passing, but it’s likely that any bill would support retail betting only.
It may not be until closer to the middle of the 2020s that Minnesota gains traction in legalizing online wagering.