Winter Classic Live Blog: Blues vs. Wild

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Welcome to the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Blues (18-9-5) lead the Wild (19-9-2) by one point for first place in the Central Division entering the game and 2020, setting up what should be a great game in subzero temperatures. 

NHL.com Editor-in-Chief Bill Price is at Target Field to provide all the sights, sounds and details. 

 

6:40 p.m. ET 

We are about 40 minutes from puck drop and the action is heating up. It’s the only thing heating up.

The Blues and Wild came on the ice around for first time, much to the delight of the fans who have been filling Target Field since the gates opened around 4 p.m. local time.

With the players on the ice, the other activities have cooled off for a bit, sorry for the bad pun. 
But we’re sure we’ll see the ice fishermen back, along with the 12 different groups playing on the eight auxiliary ice rinks and the lumberjacks. 

I’ll admit, me and the rest of the NHL.com crew are in the press box, so we are much warmer than the fans in the stands, but it’s still a bit chilly in here. 

But it’s almost fitting it’s so cold tonight, since the theme of pond hockey and Minnesota calls for cold temperatures. 

Opening ceremonies are a few minutes away. It should be spectacular. 

 

6:15 p.m. ET

Welcome to balmy Target Field, where the game-time temperature is expected to be minus 9 degrees. Not surprisingly, the conditions have not deterred the hardy fans in Minnesota from turning this into a New Year’s Day party. 

In fact, some fans were streaming into the stadium when the gates opened two hours before puck drop.

The Blues showed they are ready for elements, arriving toTarget Field dressed as if they were going to the beach. 

The party started early, with fans getting ready outside Target Field hours before the game at the Winter Classic Fan Fair, which was part indoors, part outdoors. Preparations were also going on inside Target Field, with the final touches of the scenery on the field taking place. The NHL has thought of everything, from ice fishing holes, fake deer, evergreen trees and eight pond hockey rinks behind the NHL rink. 

There are also people on the field sitting in Adirondak chairs and toasting marshmellows over and open flame. 

The DJ at Target Field showed he was in the spirit by playing Bruce Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.”

NHL.com columnist Nick Cotsonika got the behind-the-scenes story on how the NHL Events staff got it done. 

We got a sneak peak at the pregame show on Friday and it’s something you won’t want to miss so be sure to be in front of your TV for TNT’s coverage. 

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