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Iginla, Eriksson set to make Bruins debuts

Oct 3, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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Thursday night will be an evening of firsts at the TD Garden — specifically, the regular season Bruins debuts for Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson.

Iginla, 36, will start on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, taking Nathan Horton‘s role on the popular “HuLK line” of a year ago.

“I want to make a good first impression,” he told “It’s a great building to play in and a tough building to play in and we want to keep it that way.”

Eriksson, 28, has a slightly different perspective heading into tonight. Having spent his entire career in Dallas, he’s excited about playing in a hockey-mad city for the first time — a far cry from Iginla, who spent 17 years in a passionate Calgary market.

“I’ve seen in these weeks that I’ve been here, there are a lot of fans around here,” Eriksson said. “Everyone talks hockey in this town, and it’s nice to be in an environment like that.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

Eriksson is slated to play alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on the B’s second line.

The third and less ballyhooed debutant will be Reilly Smith, who came over from the Stars along with Eriksson in the Tyler Seguin trade.

He’s projected to be on the third unit with Jordan Caron and Chris Kelly, and is keen to show off some of the offensive flair that saw him score 58 goals over his final two seasons at the Miami University (Ohio).

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM


  2. amityvillefun - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Let’s go Brewwwins! (sic)

    Another shot at the Cup! Bring home another!

    “Everyone talks hockey in this town, and it’s nice to be in an environment like that.”
    – Loui Eriksson

    You bet your a$$ Loui! Score one for the fans tonight! Boston fans are dedicated and rabid!

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Please, please do not insinuate that Jordan Caron is on that line. He is FILLING IN on that line until the swelling is Carl Soderberg’s ankle goes down. Its embarrassing to think that we would put Caron on an opening night lineup had it not been for injury and I don’t want out of town fans having any more reason to heckle.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      I I am really excited about the Yeti this season

    • bakedbees - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Caron played great last night and got robbed by a whistle happy zebra…Loui should have potted his short handed chance but overall played well too

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