In the olden days,
The ice surfaces at
But now every rink is the same size -- or is it?
Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock, speaking after his team prepared for Game 3 of its opening-round playoff series against the
"It's such a different game here with the smaller ice surface," Hitchcock said. "It's such a different game. We made changes the last game to put in this building and hopefully we can continue to make those changes and play 60 minutes."
He said other NHL rinks are "more rectangular," and that the difference at Staples Center is apparent in the corners.
"The corners come up quick," he said. "You're around the net, you feel like you're in the corner.
"It's just a rounded building. They're the same surface, but the configuration here, for me, makes it a different feel. A different feel for the on-ice players, a different feel for the coaches. So things happen a lot quicker in this building and you've just got to be ready for them."
Lee Zeidman, senior vice president and general manager of Staples Center, the
"I've never seen a rectangular rink. We are 85 feet by 200 feet, which is the standard for NHL arenas," he said.