As the era of outdoor games in the NHL enters its seventh season, the good people of Minnesota have to be wondering why they haven't hosted one yet. With the nickname "The State of Hockey" and the game as much a part of Minnesota's culture as football in Texas, it certainly would make sense the league go outside there. It won't happen this season, though. But what about next?

Well, it sounds like Minnesota is going to get an outdoor game next season and it could be held at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Wild are at the top of the list for an outdoor game next season, as in the 2015-16 campaign.

The league held a total of six outdoor games in 2013-14 with the Winter Classic, Heritage Classic and four Stadium Series games. It sounds like the league will have fewer outdoor contests in 2014-15 and Minnesota would have likely hosted one in February 2015. However, according to Russo, timing and logistics halted that plan.