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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Dean Evason: Winter Classic ice surface is 'good'

By Katie Carrera

With all of the concern about the weather conditions for tomorrow's Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins, a lot of the focus today is on the sky and also the ice surface at Heinz Field.

After the alumni game this morning, though, Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason said he thinks the ice surface is just fine. Players may need to make sure they have a little extra force on their passes and shots, but ultimately, the surface endured the contest well.

"The ice is good," Evason said. "Compared to, say, ours at home, it's not quite as fast. It's outdoor, but it held up nice, very firm. You can skate well -- you just have to do everything firm on it. The puck didn't seem to slide as well as it normally does, but we had no problems skating. Passing the puck, it just has to be a little bit firmer, but it is really good."

Former Capital and current CSN analyst Alan May said "The puck stayed flat; it felt incredible."

Granted, this was the first event of the day on the ice surface. The Penguins began practice on the rink at approximately 11:40 a.m. and the Capitals won't get on the ice until around 2 p.m. So we'll see how it holds up after the three sessions.

By Katie Carrera  | December 31, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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