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January 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire and Bill Shaikin
Saku Koivu seems headed for retirement along with Ducks teammate Teemu Selanne after this season, but his children's reaction to the Stadium Series might give him pause to stick around for another year. "All of a sudden, skating is the biggest thing there is," Koivu said. "My kids have been talking about this for two or three days. " Ilona Koivu , 9, begged her 39-year-old dad for new skates that would fit her for the family skate the night before Saturday's Stadium Series game between the Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium.
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January 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
First off the Dodger Stadium ice Friday, Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr assessed, “It's soft, but it'll be fine.” The Kings' hourlong skate in advance of Saturday night's first Stadium Series game against their Pacific Division-rival Ducks at Dodger Stadium went orderly in 64-degree temperatures. The ice was most damp in front of the teams' bench area, but didn't obviously hinder the Kings going through their routine. “It has kind of a hollow feel to it, but it's outdoors and we're in Southern California.
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January 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau played his outdoor hockey under the lights, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter under the stars. Growing up in Finland, Ducks center Saku Koivu played not on Golden Pond, but on frozen swamps. Kings center Mike Richards spent almost every winter day skating up and down the outdoor community center rink run by his parents in Kenora, Ontario. No matter if they were from Canada or Europe, in an urban center or a rural area, their shared childhood experience was outdoor hockey.
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January 23, 2014 | By Brad Balukjian
The East Rutherford Seahawks? It's got a weird ring to it, but there's a chance that Mother Nature will give the Seahawks a slight home-field kicking advantage in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. The cities of East Rutherford, N.J., and Seattle are both approximately at sea level, while the Denver Broncos' Sports Authority Field rises a mile into the sky, where atmospheric pressure is a lot lower and the air is generally less dense. Broncos kicker Matt Prater is accustomed to kicking in Denver's rarefied air. "In Denver, on average, there are fewer molecules per cubic foot in the air," says Tim Gay, a physicist (and author of the book "The Physics of Football")
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January 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Greetings from Chavez Pond. It's a little unsettling what they've done to the old ball yard - iced it over, cleavered the back end off the pitching mound, painted the NHL logo in center field. Feels like some sort of Canadian coup. There's a stage now over home plate, and a regulation rink sits in the middle of it all like a big frosty keg, chemicals coursing through its arteries. Hell hath not yet frozen over, but Blue Heaven sure has. On this warmest of winters, Chavez Pond really ought to be filled with beer.
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January 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire and Lisa Dillman
Their Dodger Stadium game will certainly be historic, with KISS in concert, beach volleyball to the side and an expected sellout crowd watching hockey in the open (and warm) air. But Thursday night's prequel to Saturday's NHL Stadium Series event, pitting the chafed Ducks and Kings in the normal surroundings of Honda Center, should have tremendous entertainment value as well. The Kings (29-16-6) arrive desperate for a win, mired in a 1-2-1 trip that included Saturday's galling shootout loss in Detroit.
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January 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Dodger Stadium in mid-January is peaceful after sundown. The distinctive scoreboard is barely visible through the twilight, the air is cool, and the quiet is almost a presence itself. "We've heard coyotes howling late at night," Dan Craig says. A ballpark at rest is a pleasant place to be … except this one isn't slumbering. It has an NHL-size hockey rink set in the infield, a beach volleyball court in left field, a small pond in right field, an in-line/street hockey area, and two performance stages waiting to be completed.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Dodger Stadium will become a hockey rink on Saturday when the Ducks and the Kings play their NHL Stadium Series game -- one of six outdoor league games to be played this season. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Outdoor hockey in L.A. -- it's a first. And on a day when the high may reach upward of 80 degrees. "I don't think anyone ever thought it'd be possible to do here ," Ducks center Saku Koivu told the Los Angeles Times. "It's going to be a great experience. " Unless the ice cube melts.  Those making the magic happen, however, expect the ice to stay nice and frosty.
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January 21, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
High prices and worries about poor sightlines have discouraged some Kings and Ducks fans, but anticipated anomalies, such as eating Dodger Dogs at a hockey game, have inspired more than 47,000 people to buy tickets to Saturday's first-ever hockey game at Dodger Stadium. The game, one of four upcoming outdoor hockey games, is expected to spotlight hockey and the upcoming Winter Olympics at a time when the nation's attention is still on football. "A Kings-Ducks game in the middle of the season, the ratings in L.A. will be tremendous," said Kings President Luc Robitaille.
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January 20, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
They missed the Polar Vortex over the weekend in Chicago and St. Louis, but the Ducks looked at the weather forecast upon arriving home and saw possible trouble - an expected high of 79 degrees in Los Angeles on Saturday. That night at 6:30, the Ducks and Kings play their NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. "Kind of thought about it. … I don't know what they're going to do if it stays this warm out. It's going to be something different," Ducks center Mathieu Perreault said Monday after the Ducks practiced for Tuesday's home game against the Winnipeg Jets.
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