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With hot weather, ice conditions could be a factor in Game 6

Jun 24, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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The quality of the ice at TD Garden has already been a topic for discussion (and profanity) during this Stanley Cup Final.

So not surprisingly, with high temperatures and humidity in Boston today, Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked about the playing surface ahead of tonight’s Game 6.

“I thought the ice this morning was in pretty good shape, and they’ve done a good job,” said Julien. “Walking in here yesterday with 90-plus degrees it was nice and cool in the arena.

“But those doors are going to open I would imagine and some of the heat will come in. But those are conditions that you have to play with at this time of year. Everybody has been through it, and two teams are going through the same conditions.

“Both teams are going to tell you the same truth; keep the game simple and try and avoid those mistakes from over-handling pucks in those kind of ice conditions.”

The consensus opinion is that poor ice conditions would favor the Bruins, a team that’s at its best when it keeps things simple and moves as a five-man unit with short passes.

With a dangerous transition attack, Boston also feasts on turnovers, which can be a byproduct of choppy ice.

  1. detroitcityy - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    The ice is going to be good weather doesn’t affect it that much… Unless the arena gets flooded

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      The Bruins ice crew will make sure the ice is nice and soft in an attempt to slow Chicago down as much as they can and create bouncing pucks. The Bruins can’t keep up with Chicago, so their ONLY chance tonight is to soften the ice and goon it up. Think I’m kidding? This article is the first indication of what is to come.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        It’s 93 degrees right now in Boston; add in 17k people and it will be warm in the rink. Arenas do not operate in vacuums so regardless of where it’s played, the outside weather effects the rink.

      • dboldave - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I heard the Bruins cleaning staff also added lots of starch to the laundry of the Hawks uniforms in an attempt to slow them down! Is there no limit to the nefarious deeds this team will go through to win?!!

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Well I guess the only solution is to knock out the Bruins before the weather turns to 90+ degrees, unless you think Mother Nature is also a Bruins fan. I’m pretty sure when your team got knocked out it was 40 degrees in Boston but glorious nonetheless….

    • reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      are you kidding??? Weather doesn’t affect conditions indoors much??? Watch your local 10 o’clock weather for a while … the part where the weather forecaster talks about humidity and moisture. Unreal.

  2. caniac4ever - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Tha hawppa?

    • ibieiniid - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      you helped me think of my new PHT user icon.

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I’ll blame this on Bettman. if the season started on time, they wouldn’t be playing into the summer. GREAT JOB GARY. (i love manufacturing things that he did wrong)

  4. reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    The boys will be skating on slush tonight. Boston will make sure the ice condition is awful and choppy. I’ve already seen the ref yell at the ice crew at the beginning of one of the periods – to fix the stupid ice – because they didn’t seem to be able to do so between periods (in one of the earlier series). They will probaly shut off the power, melt the ice, and claim there was another power outage.

  5. titansbro - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    It’s crazy how the Bruins can control the weather. Cheaters, with their weather ray guns they got from N Korea. Seriously kids, it’s really hot & humid here right now. TD Garden is a big ass building.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      They blatantly taped God’s walk through of the weather today and planned for it in advance.

      • ballistictrajectory - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Not only that, they’re going to put pictures of the sun on the HD screen to try and scare the Hawks into hiding.

        And then they’ll make the Hawks use the Orange Line with a two hour wait at Back Bay.

  6. reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    A water main will break, a sewer will flood, the power will go off … the water will be brown … or the water will be off due to the water main break … the hawks were probably billeted in Concord, NH, to make their commute lousy … (if billetd in New England at all) … the stantions will be angled so guins can fire pucks along the glass that result in centering passes …

    • ibieiniid - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      take your meds dude, you’re incoherent.

      • reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        You’re a real rocket scientist!

      • ibieiniid - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        not a rocket scientist….. I can just complete my thoughts while typing.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    12 miles outside of Boston and I can safely report it is damn hot out.

  8. nhstateline - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    It’s 93 degrees and really humid here right now. That can’t be helped nor controlled (although if Jeremy Jacobs can control the weather, why does he insist on keep here and Buffalo so miserable during the winter ? It is just to sell more tickets ?) and both teams will have to deal with it. The puck will bounce and roll more and if you can predict whose going to get those favorable bounces and rolls versus who isn’t go bet on the game now and make some money.

    It’s so hot here that I walked out of the gym where I work out and, having been in the sauna afterwards, only noticed that it was a little more humid than it had been in the sauna. Temperature didn’t feel all that much different.

  9. iwillfindyou - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    That’s funny. They sure can keep the ice in outstanding conditions at the UC no matter what the temp and humidity. What is the big deal with The Garden keeping the ice cool? Do they not have chillers under the ice? Do they not have proper a/c? This is almost as bad as the grounds crew at Soldiers Field!!

    • nhstateline - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      It’s a relatively new building and has whatever all the other new buildings have. The problem is that it’s literally right on the point where the Charles meets the harbor. It’s always really humid in that neighborhood in the spring through fall but elevate the temps to DC like levels and the mess that comes along is obvious. They have put dehumidifiers all over the place to try to help but at some point, when it gets tropical like today, nothing’s going to help. Now if this was going to be in the old Garden with the bad to non-existent air conditioning……….

      • iwillfindyou - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Thank you for replying to my comment with an actual explanation instead of some douchey remark like almost everyone else does on this site.

      • reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Keep in mind that the cumulative IQ for the people offering “douchey” remarks on this and other sites is about a 4. Ignore them and post what you want. They post “douchey” remarks because their reading comprehension is limited to two letter words.

  10. db105 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Maybe the power will go out and the fog will roll in.

    • reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      That would be expected — or a transformer will blow.

  11. winefool - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I certainly hope that Boston does not stoop to these kinds of tactics, but if they do there is no excuse. They play hockey in 93 degree weather (at times at least) all year in Florida and Texas. No reason you can’t keep good ice in a modern facility like the TD Garden. It gets hot in Chicago too…

  12. boisehockeyref - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Having worked in a couple of arenas I can say for certain it does make a difference. The building is equipped with a dehumidifier which will help somewhat with the moisture. But remember, heat rises, and ambient temperature at the top of the building combined with over 17, 000 fans will cause considerable heat load on the ice. ideal temp for hockey ice is around 15-18 degrees, where figure skating ice is not only thicker but warmer…around 21 degrees. Hopefully the ice plant can keep up and keep that temp down.

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