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Dineen rips the ice at the Prudential Center

Apr 17, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

Kevin Dineen

After two games in Florida, the Devils and Panthers are in Newark tonight for Game 3 of their first-round series, currently tied at a game apiece.

And according to Panthers coach Kevin Dineen, they’ll be playing on slop, not ice, at the Prudential Center.

“If the quality of ice is anything like it was this morning at the skate, I don’t know,” Dineen said, as per The Star-Ledger. “I think their customer service probably will be pretty embarrassed to see that’s what they are putting out there for people to see.

“It made for a pretty sloppy morning. If the ice is anything like it was this morning, it will make for a very sloppy game. No fun for the fans. A lot of water out there.”

The New Jersey Nets played Miami last night at the Prudential Center and LeBron James was on fire. Maybe he melted the ice.

  1. govtminion - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    And after all, playing in Sunrise, he knows bad ice when he sees it.

    • scottfmullin - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      The ice in Sunrise is no Rexall Place, but it’s at least passable. Temperature is always a little colder than normal, heavy curtains up to keep out humidity, no basketball is played over the ice. With all the precautions taken, the ice in BAC is probably better than NJ/WAS around this time of year.

  2. DTF31 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I’m not surprised. A lot of arenas cut costs on the preservation thingy. I remember last year when the Canucks played in Nashville the ice was bad. Then reps for the team or the arena came out and basically said “We didn’t really expect to still have ice in at this time of year so we didn’t include better climate control.”

  3. scoops1 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Not to make excuses but it doesn’t help when it’s 85 out for consecutive days. The outside weather has been factor also in Washington

    • govtminion - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      I’ll confirm that one from personal experience- it’s been hot and muggy in Washington the past couple of days. I haven’t been over to Verizon, but I’d be surprised if the ice was in great shape with all of this.

  4. imleftcoast - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Brough is wiggin

  5. scottfmullin - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    They should fix that

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