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Kings, Avalanche set to play NHL's 30th outdoor game, first at Air Force Academy

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The Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche will head outdoors when they face off in the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at Falcon Stadium, home of the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Here's a look at the game by the numbers:

 

1 -- Outdoor games hosted by the Air Force Academy. Falcon Stadium is home to the Air Force football and lacrosse teams, as well as the site of the academy's annual graduation.

2 -- Regular-season outdoor games played by the Avalanche, who hosted the 2016 NHL Stadium Series at Coors Field in Denver, a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. It's also the second time the NHL has brought the Stadium Series to a U.S. service academy; the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 3, 2018.

3 -- Outdoor games for the Kings. They hosted the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California in the 2015 NHL Stadium Series.

3 -- Number of times the Air Force hockey team has been to the NCAA Elite Eight in its 51 seasons as a Division I program (2009, 2017, 2018).

4 -- All-Americans who've played at Air Force: Eric Ehn (2007), Jacques Lamoureux and Greg Flynn (2009) and Tim Kirby (2012).

7 -- Football stadiums that have hosted the NHL Stadium Series. Falcon Stadium is No. 7; it's the third college football venue to host a Stadium Series game, joining TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in 2016 and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2018.

8 -- Number worn by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, who is second in NHL rookie scoring and seventh among NHL defenseman with 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists in 48 games), through games played on Feb. 13.

11 -- Number of NHL Stadium Series. Since 2014, the Stadium Series has been played in Los Angeles, New York (two games) and Chicago (2014), Santa Clara (2015), Minneapolis and Denver (2016), Pittsburgh (2017), Annapolis (2018) and Philadelphia (2019).

11 -- Number worn by center Anze Kopitar, who leads the Kings in scoring with 49 points (17 goals, 32 assists in 58 games), through games played on Feb. 13.

17.6 -- Average low temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit) for the Air Force Academy on Feb. 15, according to accuweather.com.

29  -- Number worn by center Nathan MacKinnon, who leads the Avalanche in scoring and is fourth in the NHL with 80 points (32 goals, 48 assists in 56 games) through games played Feb. 13.

30  -- NHL games played outdoors, including the 2020 Stadium Series. Of the previous 29 games, 18 have been hosted within football stadiums, 10 inside baseball stadiums and one inside a soccer stadium.

41.1 -- Average temperature at puck drop (in degrees Fahrenheit), for the previous 10 NHL Stadium Series games (2014 - 62, 25, 22 and 17 degrees; 2015 - 57 degrees; 2016; 35 and 65 degrees; 2017 - 46 degrees; 2018 - 41.7 degrees; 2019 - 40.5 degrees).

42.8 -- Average high temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit) for the Air Force Academy on Feb. 15, according to accuweather.com.

53 -- Length, in feet, of the world's largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for outdoor games conducted by the NHL.

134 -- Regular-season games between the Kings and Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques since 1979-80, when the Nordiques entered the NHL from the World Hockey Association. The Kings have a 152-127 edge in points (Los Angeles is 70-52-4, eight ties; Colorado is 56-63-7, eight ties). The Kings and Avalanche have played twice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Colorado winning both series. The most recent meeting came in the 2002 Western Conference Quarterfinals, which the Avalanche won in seven games.

243 -- Number of ice pans under the rink at Falcon Stadium, each measuring 30 inches by 340 inches.

300 -- Capacity (in tons) of the refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Falcon Stadium.

350 -- Gallons of paint used to make the ice at Falcon Stadium white.

811 -- Number of players and coaches who have participated in the NHL's 29 regular-season outdoor games to date (777 players, 34 coaches).

1,000 -- Number of cadets who will be inside Falcon Stadium for the Kings-Avalanche game. Of those, 846 will be seated in chairs on the field, making this the first NHL outdoor game to have spectators on the field.

1962 -- Year that Falcon Stadium officially opened.

3,000 -- Gallons of coolant used to freeze the rink at Falcon Stadium.

7,000 -- Elevation (in feet above sea level) of the Air Force Academy.

20,000 -- Gallons of water needed to create the two-inch ice surface at Falcon Stadium.

1,578,507 -- Total attendance for the NHL's first 29 regular-season outdoor games, an average of 54,431 per game.

6,000,000+ -- Dollars donated through the Legacy initiative, an ongoing philanthropic endeavor through which the NHL and the local team support community organizations in the host city of an NHL event. Since 2003, the League, its clubs and partners have donated more than $6 million to communities across North America. Legacy projects have aided thousands of hospital patients in recovery; helped at-risk youth and families gain better access to educational and vocational training; and provided greater access to people of all ages to learn and play hockey.

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