Players from both teams were pleasantly surprised by the condition of the new rink, and are impressed by it. From ESPN,
“If somebody would tell me 10 years ago that we were going to do this, I would have said they’re crazy,” Teemu Selanne said. “But we have the technology to do it now, and it’s pretty great.”
“It was a little better than I thought it was going to be,” Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell said. “It’s warm, but it’s L.A. You’re going to get cooler temperatures at game time, and that’s going to help us out.”
On the other side, however, players are aware that the same things that impress them aout being outside may also have an effect on the actual game itself.
“It’ll be very hot, and probably a lot of guys will be cramping up with the loss of fluids,” Ducks forward Dustin Penner said. “The ice is a little sticky, sounds a little hollow, but it looks better than at other outdoor games.”
“It’s a different feeling playing outdoors,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “There are so many different aspects in the game that are going to make it more challenging for both teams — getting your legs moving, getting used to the ice, getting used to the boards. So instead of a skilled, high-paced game, I think you’re going to see a physical battle out there, and I think that’s something a lot of real hockey fans will appreciate.”
Whatever the case may be, Saturday’s game doesn’t look to disappoint. Who do you think will come out on top in LA later today? Leave a comment below.
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