The Islanders are trying to stay in playoff position, but the Barclays Center ice isn’t helping.
The NHL has dispatched its noted ice guru to assist the Islanders with what has become another troublesome issue in their first season at Barclays Center.
Ice expert Dan Craig and other league technicians have visited the first-year NHL arena multiple times in the past week after several Islanders publicly complained about the ice conditions following recent games.
“In preparation for upcoming home games we are working closely with the National Hockey League and have installed a temporary dehumidification system, commonly used at arenas during warmer months, in order to provide the best possible ice for Islanders players,” Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum said Sunday. “We are committed to delivering a first-class experience for players and fans.”
Kyle Okposo termed the ice conditions “awful” after one game last week and added “that can’t happen” once the playoffs start, assuming the Islanders qualify over their final five games. Coach Jack Capuano and defenseman Johnny Boychuk also have questioned the first-year ice surface after recent games.
The Isles began play Sunday in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division and in the first wild-card position in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Rangers and two ahead of No. 8 Philadelphia. They also are three points ahead of No. 9 Boston in the East entering Monday’s home game against Tampa Bay.