That's the question I posed to Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello today (at your request) after the ice has been poor for the team's first 10 games at Prudential Center. Lamoriello and the team's principal owner, Jeff Vanderbeek, had bragged that the state of the art refrigeration system, designed and installed by CIMCO, would give the Devils the best ice surface in the NHL, but it hasn't turned out that way, yet.
Lamoriello said the problem has been with a malfunctioning computer that is supposed to regulate the ice's temperature, hardness, etc. These things can be affected by numerous factors: the outdoor temperature, humidity, being covered for basketball games, concerts and other events. For Sunday's game against Atlanta, they turned off the computer and changed the settings manually. The idea, however, is to get the computer working properly.
"We've been talking to CIMCO and had people from the NHL here to work on (the ice)," Lamoriello said. "This is the best system in the country. There's no excuse not to have the best ice. We're completely comfortable that this is all going to get straightened out."