Taking it outside

What: 2016 Stadium Series game, the NHL’s first outdoor game in Minnesota

Who: Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks

When: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

Where: TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota

History: This will be the Wild’s first outdoor game and the Blackhawks’ fourth. The Gophers were host of the Hockey City Classic in 2014 at TCF.

Expected crowd: The Gophers drew 45,022 last year, and the Wild would hope to fill TFC to its capacity (52,5252).

A step toward? The Wild wants the NHL’s marquee outdoor game, the Winter Classic, which is played on New Year’s Day.