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Puck traffic: Many will 'Go Metro' to Stanley Cup Finals, says transit authority

Los Angeles Kings v New Jersey Devils - Game Two

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Davis Drewiske #44 of the Los Angeles Kings warms up against the New Jersey Devils during Game Two of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final.

Los Angeles, a hockey town with a movie star problem, welcomes Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Staples Center on Monday night where the L.A. Kings hope to skate into a 3-0 game lead against the N.J. Devils.

The puck drops here at 5 p.m. (PST), forcing sports fans to compete with evening commuters in a battle for lane domination across the city. 

Instead of playing king of the road, athletic supporters are encouraged to make public transportation their goal. Metro is preparing for the expected increase in riders.

"During the playoffs a few weeks ago we noticed an increase in ridership...we're expecting a repeat tonight," Metro spokesperson Rick Jager told KPCC. "We'll have personnel out there and expect crowds to accumulate," he said. 

Depending on the demand, the transit authority may implement "added train service" at nearby stations to help get people home faster when the game lets out, Jager said. Additional service would mean more cars per train, not an increase in departure frequency, he explained. 

A rah-rah rail guide to stations near L.A. Live and the Staples Center is available via Metro's The Source, or prepare for personal transit victory via Metro’s Trip Planner or Google Transit.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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