Winter Classic: Blues dominate Wild 6-4 at Target Field in Minneapolis, officially coldest outdoor game in league history

The temperature was -6 degrees when the puck dropped, dropping to -10 as the game progressed, according to the NHL with a wind chill in the negative 20s.

Leading up to tonight’s game, the coldest game in league history was the 2003 Heritage Classic, the first outdoor game, between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens at Commonwealth Stadium. from Edmonton. It was zero degrees when the puck fell.

Prior to the game, the NHL said the ice will need to be heated: “When the air temperature is above optimum ice temperature, the glycol and aluminum pans remove the heat from the ice. But when the air temperature is lower than the optimum ice temperature. temperature, it transfers heat to the ice, ” said.

“The NHL has used a custom in-line heater in the past to heat glycol in the pipes on the ground path, but here it will be using two in-line heaters for the first time, one in the reefer truck and another in the field. outside. The crew can calibrate the temperature to half a degree. “

The NHL has hosted 32 modern outdoor games, with this weekend’s game at the home of the MLB Minnesota Twins.

Saturday’s high temperature is only expected to hit -2 degrees, but it will be even colder when the game begins at 7 p.m. ET with a frozen temperature of -5 and the wind chill hovering around -20 degrees.

Meanwhile, the NHL has announced the postponement of nine more games, including eight due to attendance restrictions in Canada. The NHL postponed nine other Canadian games for the same reason earlier this week.

The NHL has announced its intention to postpone these games later in the season when attendance restrictions in Canada “may be relaxed or lifted.”

The NHL has also postponed the New York Islanders road game against the Seattle Kraken scheduled for Jan. 4 after all three Canadian stops on the Islanders road trip were called off.

Hot chocolate will be de rigueur in Minneapolis on Saturday night.

A total of 91 NHL games have now been postponed this season due to Covid-19 issues.