They were joking that when Mitchell played for the Canucks he’d frequently complain to Harvey Jones about the ice conditions at GM Place, which Mitchell laughingly confirmed. That led to a question about how the ice has held up at Staples Center, where the Kings and
Arenas in warm-weather cities frequently have difficulty maintaining good ice during the season and especially during the playoffs. But some arenas in colder climates have the same problems. New York’s
Staples Center, home to two
"As long as the humidity's not up, it's good," said Mitchell, who added that one of the reasons he participated in the Kings' optional skate Saturday morning was to get a feel for the ice.
"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."
"Hopefully it will be a little bit better again tonight," Sutter said. "With basketball being gone, hopefully they've had some opportunity to do some work with it."
Lee Zeidman, senior vice president and general manager of Staples Center, said via email that the end of the
"We shoot for 57-58 degrees when we open doors and with a full house we try to keep it at 62," he said. "We shoot for 45% humidity in the building."