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Will the ice hold up at the Staples Center?

May 24, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

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Choppy ice isn’t just an issue for teams in warmer NHL climates, but the questions are almost always louder when it comes to teams that play in places like California or Florida. It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the questions are bubbling up about the Staples Center as the Los Angeles Kings host Game 3 and 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Chicago Tribune took a long look at the issue and the general vibe from the Kings seems to be positive.

“As long as the humidity’s not up, it’s good,” Willie Mitchell said. “I think this time of year the ice in all the buildings isn’t optimal. That’s what happens as it starts to warm up, but it’s been good.”

Head coach Darryl Sutter did express a hope that the ice might be better now that the Los Angeles Clippers are out of the playoffs (since the ice crew won’t have to deal with that extra changeover).

Still, it’s May 24, so it might just come down to making the best of a challenging situation.

Maybe a better question would be: is more familiarity with possibly shaky ice just part of the Kings’ home-ice advantage these next two games?

  1. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Was just in downtown by Staples, it’s not even very hot today. The ice will be fine!

  2. pop562 - May 24, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    It’s 70 degrees in Los Angeles. Spring weather baby!! Go Kings Go!!!🔱

  3. pensman29 - May 24, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Stop me if im wrong, but shouldn’t state of the art arenas be able to combat the outside heat?

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