Earlier this month, the NHL revealed that Carolina would be hosting their first-ever outdoor game next season (against an opponent that’s yet to be determined) but it wouldn’t be in the Winter Classic. Now, we know which two teams will be competing on New Years’ Day as the league announced that the Wild will host the Blues for the 13th edition of the event that first began in 2008. It will be the 31st outdoor game in NHL history.
This will be Minnesota’s first-ever time hosting the event though it won’t be their first outdoor game. They hosted a game against Chicago as part of the Stadium Series back in 2016 and won that game 6-1. Meanwhile, this will also be the second time that St. Louis plays outdoors. They hosted the 2017 edition of the Winter Classic (also against Chicago) and won that game 4-1.
That will be the only other outdoor game on the schedule for the 2020-21 season. There have been talks about another Heritage Classic game in Canada but that won’t come until 2021-22 at the earliest.