Wild hockey, seen from a baseball field. This is not a reference to the NHL Winter Classic, schedule for January 1, 2021 at Target Field vs the St. Louis Blues. But rather a chance to watch Sunday's Wild playoff qualifying series opener against Vancouver on a big screen at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul, the home of the Saints.

NHL playoff hockey. In August. Watched at a baseball stadium. On a big screen. Puck drops at 9:30 pm. Welcome to the Pandemic Twilight Zone. The game will also be on FSN.

Sunday will put the number of hockey games seen at CHS at one, which is one more than the number of baseball games seen there. Although the Saints announced this week that they will begin playing games there this coming week with up to 1,500 spectators in attendance.

An email from the Wild said, "Event tickets are $5 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation...CHS Field has taken enhanced safety precautions for safe viewing utilizing three distinct and socially distanced areas for fans. Accordingly, seating is extremely limited and available first come, first serve."

The Wild dropped a 3-2 exhibition game to Colorado Wednesday as their one tune up for the resumption of the season. The NFL cancelled the remaining regular season games during the pandemic and expanded the playoff field to include teams on the bubble of making the post season.

As a result, Minnesota is the tenth seed in the Western Conference. Usually only eight conference teams make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game schedule for Wild vs Vancouver, in Edmonton:

  • Sunday, August 2, 9:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 4, 9:45 pm
  • Thursday, August 6
  • Friday, August 7, if needed
  • Sunday, August 9, if needed