Winter Classic: NHL says even the ice will need to be heated at Target Field with sub-zero temperatures forecast

Wrap up warm if you’re heading to Target Field in Minneapolishome of MLB’s Minnesota Twins — per il 2022 Winter Classic on Saturday.

The NHL has staged 32 modern outdoor games, but Saturday’s match between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues maybe the coldest yet, with sub-zero temperatures forecast.
The high temperature on Saturday is only supposed to reach -2 [object Window], but it will be even colder when the game begins at 7 p.m. ET with a frozen temperature of -5 and the wind chill hovering around -20 [object Window].
    And it could go down as the coldest outdoor NHL hockey game in history if those temperatures pan out.
      So much so that the National Hockey League says even the ice will need to be heated.
        When the air temperature is above the optimum ice temperature, the glycol and aluminum pans transfer heat away from the ice. But when the air temperature is below the optimum ice temperature, it transfers heat to the ice,” said
        The NHL has used a custom-made inline heater before to warm the glycol in the pipes on the way to the floor, but here it will use two inline heaters for the first time, one at the refrigeration truck and another in the outfield. The crew can calibrate the temperature to a half-degree.
          Meanwhile the NHL has announced the postponement of nine additional games, eight of those due to attendance restrictions in Canada. The NHL postponed nine other Canadian games for the same reason earlier this week.
          The NHL says it plans to reschedule those games for later in the season when attendance restrictions in Canadamay be eased or lifted.
            The NHL also postponed the New York Islandersroad game against the Seattle Kraken scheduled for January 4 after the three Canadian stops on the Islandersroad trip were scratched.
            Hot chocolate will be a requirement in Minneapolis on Saturday night.

            Un totale di 91 NHL games have now been postponed this season due to Covid-19 issues.

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