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Ice in Baltimore not quite there yet, but Capitals downplay concerns

Tonight’s Baltimore Hockey Classic will be more than just your average preseason opener, given that the projected lineups for both the Capitals and the Predators feature some of the teams’ biggest stars. It will also have some conditions unlike the other exhibition contests either team will play this year.

Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena, which opened in 1962, hasn’t hosted a professional hockey game in 14 years, and the building was noticeably warm when the Capitals were out for their morning skate.

“Before we got on it, it looked really good. But it’s warm in the arena, so it got chopped up pretty easily,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “A little bit, I wouldn’t say worried, but just to see when you get 11,000 people in there and there’s more heat in the building tonight how it is affected.”

Crews will be working on the ice leading up to game time and the building is starting to feel a little chillier as time goes on, but it will be worth keeping an eye on all night. Players downplayed concerns about the ice after practice, though.

“The ice is alright,” Nicklas Backstrom said. “Nothing to complain about, the same for both teams.”

And if you missed it earlier today, check out the lineup that the Capitals used during the morning skate.


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