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Iginla to make Penguins debut today vs. Islanders

Mar 30, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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Jarome Iginla hasn’t practiced or even had a morning skate with the Pittsburgh Penguins yet, but he’ll be in the lineup this afternoon as they take on the New York Islanders.

While the initial belief was that Iginla would play on Sidney Crosby‘s line on the right wing, he’ll instead start on the left wing alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. Crosby’s line with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis has worked out too well to split them up. It’s nice to have a wealth of riches, isn’t it?

As you might expect, Iginla is excited about joining the Penguins.

“They have a great team here, chemistry, great leadership. I’m just here to fit in, compete, work hard. Thrilled to join them,” he said.

The Penguins will look to win their 15th straight game against an Islanders team that’s very much in the playoff race tied for eighth in the East.

(Photo: Penguins Instagram)

  1. csilojohnson - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I havn’t seen anything that would imply he was going on the top line..
    Who in their right mind would break up the best line in hockey?
    The second line looked good with Morrow. Theyve needed someone that crowds the net since Kuni went to top line. Morrow gives them that. I guess we shall see. I worry that they are rocking the boat a little too much.

    • killerpgh - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Then best line in hockey last year was probably Kunitz/Malkin/Neal (those 3 combined for 116 goals last year). That line got broken up this year so I don’t think it’s crazy to think Bylsma plays with the lines again. I think Iggy with get a shot with Crosby/Dupuis and Kunitz will shift back to playing with Malkin/Neal at some point this year. If it works and how long they stay together might be a different story, but I think we will see a few different line combos between and the start of the playoffs.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      I would agree if you were putting in some AHLer but you’re adding a perennial all-star to the lineup

  2. skarfacci - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Names don’t win you a cup. Determination and grit win you cup. Iginla and Morrow definitely fit that bill. They just have to find a way to work them into the rotation.

  3. hockeyhome - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Anyone know who’s starting in goal for the Pens today?

    • killerpgh - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Vokoun with MAF backing his up.

      • hockeyhome - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Thanks, I appreciate that- I know it was completely off topic but gotta set my fantasy team for the day..

        What can you do…..

  4. trbowman - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Glad I got NHL CI!

  5. JoeAvg - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Watching his pre game interview on the ice – he is one happy man.

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