Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild team members react to the win over the Colorado Avalanche in a overtime period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Minnesota Wild want to host Chicago Blackhawks, not Dallas Stars, in outdoor game

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The Minnesota Wild are hoping to host an outdoor hockey game in the near future and they hope the NHL picks the Chicago Blackhawks as their opponent at Target Field in a stadium series game to be played next season according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“The Wild continues its quest to host a Winter Classic. But there are plans to bring a stadium-series game to Minnesota as soon as next season, Russo writes. The Wild wants the opponent to be the Blackhawks, but the NHL is pushing the Dallas Stars as the opponent. If the game happens, it looks as if it will be played at Target Field.”
The Blackhawks have been no stranger to the outdoor games as they hosted the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in the past against the Detroit Red Wings and hosted a Stadium Series game at Soldier Field this winter against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Wild have waited patiently for their opportunity.
Minnesota and Chicago are currently in a second round series in the NHL playoffs and met last year in the postseason and as new division rivals, this could have the potential for a budding rivalry in the league.
The Dallas Stars would be an interesting selection as the Stars moved from Minnesota in 1993 and left the fans in the Twin Cities without an NHL franchise for seven years. This would be one way to spark the rivalry between the two franchises as it would be a marquee event for both teams and on a big stage.
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