NEWARK, N.J. -- Greetings from Prudential Arena, where the temperature and humidity inside the building on Saturday were noticeably lower than they were before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
That boded well for better conditions Saturday night for Game 2 between the Kings and New Jersey Devils than the opener on Wednesday, when the ice was mushy and the puck often took strange bounces or didn’t slide as fast or straight as it should have.
NHL ice guru Dan Craig and his crew were on hand shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday to make sure all was well after the arena had played host to concerts on two consecutive nights.
“My patient is doing well,” Craig said after the Kings’ morning skate. “The patient came in for a checkup.
“The crew did a great job. This time of year, that’s what happens with Mother Nature. That’s what she does.”
Kings forward Brad Richardson said the ice surface was “one of the worst I’ve ever played on,” but noted it was equally bad for both teams.