The Holland Tunnel connecting Lower Manhattan and Jersey City closed Wednesday, halting Minnesota's team bus and forcing a half-hour delay in the Wild-Devils game. Fans who got seated early reportedly booed the announcement.
Wild players didn't arrive at the Prudential Center until 6:26 p.m. ET, 34 minutes before the original faceoff time. The game eventually started at 7:33 p.m, and the Wild's Twitter account made light of the situation until that point.
New York traffic is almost never a breeze, but the congestion Minnesota faced on Wednesday was likely heightened by Thanksgiving travelers. The transportation analytics company INRIX projected nationwide traffic delays to be around 40% higher than normal through the holiday, and AAA anticipates nearly 4 million more Thanksgiving travelers this year compared to 2020.
The late arrival doesn't seem to be affecting the Central Division-leading Wild. Minnesota (11-6-1) currently leads the Devils (8-5-3) 2-0 after the first period courtesy of goals from Ryan Hartman and Nico Strum.