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Avs Opener Against Wild Expected To Sell Out In Minnesota After Lockout

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Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche scores on a breakaway against goalie Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center on March 6, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 7-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche scores on a breakaway against goalie Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center on March 6, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 7-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Wild officials say they expect a sellout Saturday when the team opens at home after the lockout that wiped away half the season.

Chief operating officer Matt Majka says strong ticket sales suggest a full house for the 8 p.m. game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Teams across the National Hockey League are working to win back fans after the 119-day lockout.

The Wild are hosting “Wild Wednesday,” featuring a free intrasquad scrimmage at 7 p.m. Fans will get $10 concession vouchers and discounts on Wild jerseys and apparel during the event. Tickets for that scrimmage are already gone.

Single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday morning.

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