Humidity a concern for ice conditions at Capital One Arena in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

(Photo courtesy of Boland Trane)

Almost 100-degree heat wreaked havoc on ice conditions in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas, and humidity threatens to affect it in Game 3 in Washington.

Humid weather outside — typical for the nation's capital in June — has Capitals coach Barry Trotz wondering just how the ice will be at Capital One Arena.

"We don't know how the ice conditions are going to be in our rink," Trotz said after the morning skate at the Capitals' suburban practice facility. "Humidity is not kind to ice. One thing I've learned over my years is it's not necessarily the heat but the humidity. If you get the combination of both, you could have a tough night. We'll just see how it is."

Vegas players reported decent conditions after their morning skate at Capital One Arena, or at least better than Game 1 in the desert. Pre-game warmups will be important for the Capitals, who haven't skated on their home ice surface since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final on May 21.

"You gauge it right away," Trotz said. "Guys have to manage that. We'll see right away. I think in warmup, even as a coach standing on the bench, you have a feel right away on how the ice is. I think we'll have to keep it simple. We'll have to keep our emotions in check, have good energy, and we will."

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