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With tickets almost all sold, all NHL needs for outdoor game in Bay Area is cooler weather

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The excitement is palpable, the tickets are nearly all sold and the stadium is a technological marvel.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman only needs one more thing for the league's second outdoor game ever in California to be a success.

Bettman says it needs to be about 40 degrees cooler on Feb. 21 when the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at the $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium. The league held a press conference promoting the game on Thursday on a 90-degree day.

But after watching the success of last season's outdoor game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Bettman is confident the ice will hold up just fine more than four months from now when the game is being held.

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