It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Wild will finally host a Winter Classic! The big game will take place on New Year’s Day 2021 at Target Field, which can contain close to 40,000 fans. The entire week leading up to the game will essentially be one massive party, which could include concerts and even youth hockey tournaments.
There’s only one problem, though — we still don’t know which team the Wild will be facing off against on New Year’s Day 2021. A number of teams’ names have been thrown around as potential visitors for the Winter Classic, but it sounds like we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to find out which team will get the honor.
For now, we might as well spitball which teams we think are the candidates to come to Minnesota for next year’s Winter Classic, as well as which teams we want to take part in the outdoor game.
Let’s start with the obvious.
This would make too much sense. The Colorado Avalanche are one of the best teams in hockey and possess several superstar players that any hockey fan will want to watch on national television (Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar immediately come to mind). Not only will the players attract a lot of eyeballs, but the rivalry between Minnesota and Colorado is an underrated one. Their clash in Game 7 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs series was special, and a Winter Classic would do nothing but make the rivalry even more interesting. Plus, like the Wild, the Avalanche have never played in a Winter Classic, and they are deserving.