Barclays Center has been criticized for having poor ice by certain players since the Islanders became tenants two years ago, but captain John Tavares, is trying not to analyze it too much.
"I don't try to think about it a whole lot, I think the more you worry about it the more kind of gets in your head,'' Tavares told Newsday on Tuesday afternoon. "It's obvious we're not playing in a traditional rink that was built for hockey. "They've done a lot of work just to make it playable for us over the last couple of years, just trying to make the conditions as best as possible with what you can do."
In the team's first year in Brooklyn, players complained about snowy and slushy conditions around the rink, while Cal Clutterbuck went as far as to say the ice last year was not suited for an NHL game.
"From about the 5-6 minute mark of the second, you knew it was one of those nights," Clutterbuck told Newsday's Arthur Staple last Oct. 21. "You basically couldn't string three passes together, the ice was unplayable. But we found a way."
Tavares added that the best has been made of the situation at the arena.
"From the way I've been told, it's just never going to be quite like what you're going to get in the arena that was traditionally built for hockey," Tavares said. "Honestly, I don't really worry about it I just go out there and play.''
The Islanders are 47-23-12 at Barclays Center since the start of the 2015-16 season.