Cross Checks: Postcards from Stadium Series
Temperatures were around 63 degrees on a humid night, but the NHL-leading Ducks went on to a 3-0 win over the Kings in the first game of the Stadium Series.
Soccer warm ups pic.twitter.com/yHjuutNW0V— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 26, 2014
Well that’s the game. Not exactly the outcome the #LAKings wanted.— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 26, 2014
54,099 for a outdoor hockey game in LA. and the ice hasn’t melted. They said it couldn’t be done.— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 26, 2014
I want to thank everyone who came out to support both teams today. This will go down as one of my best hockey memories. #StadiumSeries— Cam Fowler (@C_Fowler4) January 26, 2014
Pretty impressed with the outdoor game at dodger stadium! Wonder what the players think about the ice condition. + don't mind kings' jerseys— David Perron (@DP_57) January 26, 2014
Outdoor game at Dodger Stadium lots of fun to watch. What a great event for the NHL. #StadiumSeries— Sam Gagner (@89SGagner) January 26, 2014
The Rangers and Devils practiced in the Bronx on the eve of their afternoon Stadium Series game. They also got to bring their family and friends on the ice.
Unlike Saturday's Dodger Stadium game, there is no concern about it not being cold enough at Yankee Stadium on Sunday as the forecast calls for a high of 18 degrees.
After today's family skate at Yankee Stadium it was time to check the equipment... She approved! Awesome day! pic.twitter.com/P4t0WJwJpZ— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) January 26, 2014
Excited for tomorrow! But dress warm pic.twitter.com/kYMHHADLte— Mats Zuccarello (@zuccarello36) January 25, 2014
The Kings practiced at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time) and the Ducks are scheduled to practice at 9:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. in Los Angeles).
Saturday's game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET, and the NHL's ice guru, Dan Craig, said the ice will be fine as long as temperatures drop to 50 degrees by the end of the first period.
During the day, the ice is covered by tarps to protect it from the sun.
Saturday's forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 76 degrees and a low of 48 degrees.
Jonathan Quick during Kings' skate at Dodger Stadium. Photo by Scott Burnside pic.twitter.com/YPXN2bntEe— Sarah Goldstein (@sarahgold8) January 25, 2014
Unreal time tonight skating with my son at dodger stadium, a moment that will always be with me! #grateful— Mark Fistric (@Fistric45) January 25, 2014
Well I thought I couldn't be anymore excited for tomorrow. Then Today happened ... Amazing— Matt Beleskey (@Matt_Beleskey) January 25, 2014