MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild are preparing to play in the NHL's Winter Classic for the first time.

They've long lobbied to host the league's marquee outdoor event. They'll play the St. Louis Blues tonight at Target Field.

Defenseman Alex Goligoski is one of three native Minnesotans on the Wild. He grew up in Grand Rapids where the outdoor rink was two blocks down the street from his home.

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Minnesota has produced more NHL players than any other U.S. state.

The game-time temperature is forecast to be -6, with a wind chill of -20.

The puck drops tonight at 6 pm CT. (TV: TNT, Radio: AM 1390/93.9 FM)

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