If you're planning to attend the 2022 NHL Winter Classic at Target Field on Saturday, then you better bundle up. The event's first appearance in Minnesota is going to take place in the sort of cold weather that should add to the outdoor hockey atmosphere.
The Minnesota Wild are hosting the annual New Year's Day event for the first time, and they will be taking on the St. Louis Blues. This matchup was originally the 2021 Winter Classic, but it was postponed a full year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Weather.com, the temperature is supposed to be below 0 degrees Fahrenheit all day Saturday in Minneapolis. And while Friday's snow showers should be gone by then, the extreme cold will give this year's game a true winter feel.
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This year's Winter Classic will mark the 13th edition in the event's history. It has the potential to be the coldest, so the Wild and Blues will have to be prepared for the conditions.
It doesn't appear the NHL will be changing the game time or postponing the event because of the extreme temperatures. According to NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika, NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer said that the league is "confident the game will go on as planned."
Not only will this be the first Winter Classic to take place in Minnesota, but this will also mark the Wild's first appearance in the event. The Blues played in the game when they hosted it in 2017, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at Busch Stadium.
This won't be Minnesota's first outdoor game, though. It hosted a Stadium Series game at Huntington Bank Stadium on Feb. 21, 2016, when it defeated Chicago 6-1.
Just how cold will it be Saturday evening in Minneapolis? Well, Cotsonika reported that the benches, penalty boxes and even the ice will be heated. Additionally, there will be 40,000 hand-warmers available to fans, places to warm up and soup for sale at the concession stands.
"We had a lot of people here in Minnesota who told us also how tough a Minnesota fan is, and that was certainly a factor in coming here," Mayer said, per Cotsonika.
Once the fans get acclimated, they should be treated to an entertaining game. However, neither the Wild nor the Blues have had much game action of late because of the large number of postponements caused by COVID-19 issues.
Minnesota is on a four-game losing streak, with its most recent win coming Dec. 9. It hasn't played since Dec. 20, so it will need to shake off some rust when it takes the ice for the Winter Classic.
St. Louis notched a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, which was its first game since Dec. 19. The Blues have won six of their past eight games.
If this game were being played indoors, it would likely be a high-scoring matchup. The Wild rank third in the NHL with 3.63 goals per game, while the Blues are sixth with 3.38. So it will be interesting to see how the outdoor conditions influence the play.
Will Minnesota and St. Louis still have no trouble finding the net despite the frigid environment? Either way, this year's Winter Classic should be as entertaining to watch as always.
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