Thursday, September 19, 2013
Iginla feeling more at home every day
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Jarome Iginla will make his preseason debut on TD Garden ice for the Bruins tonight when they host the Detroit Red Wings at 7:05.
He’s quickly formed a solid working relationship with his new teammates on and off the ice, especially his linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic. In their first preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night at Bell Centre, Boston’s top trio combined for six points during a 6-3 win over the Habs.
Bruins fans will be able to witness that chemistry tonight.
“I was hoping to get a chance to play in this game, be at home and get more comfortable,” Iginla said. “It’s home now, so it’s about getting more comfortable. Each day when you go out during training camp you want to feel a little bit better and there are always different things you want to work on. Even though it is preseason, you want to play well and it always feels good to win. It is training camp and the preseason but the most important part is to feel better every day.”
Iginla has played with many different players during his career, but his game complements the already-strong chemistry between Krejci and Lucic.
“I’m feeling really good playing with them,” Iginla said. “Every day in practice we feel a little bit better.”
That line has the ability to create a lot of space, and puck possession will be an important factor too. Iginla is learning how strong Lucic is on the puck, and how smart and craft Krejci is, too. Iginla adds another power-forward element, and with Krejci’s ability to find the open man, they should be able to connect many times this season.
“They have great chemistry together and I hope to jump in there and be a part of that chemistry. It’ll keep growing but I’ve enjoyed it so far and I think we can be keep working at it and keep getting better,” Iginla said.
Based on this morning’s skate, here is the possible lineup for tonight:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Matt Fraser-Carl Soderberg-Nick Johnson
Rob Flick-Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Craig Cunningham
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Zack Trotman
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid.