Iginla scratched with 'lower body injury'

Iginla scratched with 'lower body injury'
April 2, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Jarome Iginla will miss his first NHL game due to an injury in more than seven years as the 36-year-old was scratched from the game in Detroit Wednesday night against the Red Wings with a lower body injury, according to the Boston Bruins.

Iginla wasn’t on the ice for an optional practice on Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena, and did have an eventful game in Philadelphia on Sunday when he dropped the gloves with Zac Rinaldo after a big hit against the boards.

It was expected that the Bruins would begin resting players this week with only seven regular-season games remaining prior to the playoffs. Iginla is certainly one of those players earmarked for a breather. It’s the first injury-related absence for Iginla since January 2007 and the first scratch for the future Hall of Fame since the memorable night he was dealt from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins last April.

Loui Eriksson has bumped up from the third line to play at the right wing spot alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic while Jordan Caron has hopped onto the third line with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly. Tuukka Rask and Jimmy Howard are the starting goalies for the B’s and Wings.

Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on pregame warm-up, according to the Bruins twitter account:

Lucic-Krejci-Eriksson
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Hamilton
Meszaros-Boychuk
Krug-Miller

Rask