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Daily Primer Dec. 10: Iginla returns to Calgary

Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer Dec. 10: Iginla returns to Calgary
It will be an emotional night for Jarome Iginla on Tuesday when the Boston Bruins' right wing returns to Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since the Calgary Flames traded him on March 28.

It will be an emotional night for Jarome Iginla on Tuesday when the Boston Bruins' right wing returns to Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since the Calgary Flames traded him on March 28, an organization he represented for 16 seasons.

The future Hall of Famer practiced with the Bruins in Calgary on Monday and afterwards admitted he isn't sure what to expect.

"I don't have a lot of expectations. I hope it's positive," Iginla said of what will go through his head while his Bruins face the Flames (9:30 p.m. ET, TSN, NESN). "I had great experiences here. I love playing here. I'm going to enjoy playing here [Tuesday] being back at the Saddledome. I hope it's positive. I don't know, but I don't have a lot of expectations or anything. I just want to enjoy it. It's a thrill for me too and it will be for my family. It'll be something different. I imagine it'll be a little bit different at the start, but it'll be cool."

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:

Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres -- The first of a home-and-home series will take place at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. This will be the second game in as many nights for the Senators, who won in the shootout for the first time this season Monday night in a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre. The Sabres are averaging a League-worst 1.60 goals per game, prompting interim coach Ted Nolan to shake up his lines at practice Monday. Leading scorer Cody Hodgson was dropped to the third line, centering Luke Adam and Matt D'Agostini.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals -- The Capitals' win against the New York Rangers on Sunday gave them a three-point lead over New York for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Lightning have had trouble scoring since Steven Stamkos went down, but have tightened up defensively with a goaltending tandem that has them fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 2.41 goals-against average.

New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets -- The Devils head to Nationwide Arena well-rested, a rare occurrence this season; New Jersey had two days off between games for the first time since Nov. 17-19, a stretch of 11 games in 18 days. Columbus avoided being shut out Monday thanks to Matt Calvert's goal with 56.5 seconds left in regulation, but the Blue Jackets still suffered a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.

Los Angeles Kings at Montreal Canadiens -- Thanks to Ben Scrivens and rookie Martin Jones, the Kings haven't missed as beat in goal since starter Jonathan Quick sustained a groin injury Nov. 12. Scrivens is 6-1-3 with a 1.47 GAA and Jones has won the first two starts of his career to help Los Angeles improve to 8-1-3 since Quick went down. Carey Price has been the catalyst behind the Canadiens' 9-01 run; Montreal's goalie has won his past seven starts while posting a 1.71 GAA.

Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers -- Pavel Datsyuk's return to the Red Wings lineup could provide a boost for a team that ranks near the bottom of the League with 33 goals allowed in the third period. The Panthers won the first game of this home-and-home series Saturday, but come off a 6-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks in which they were 0-for-5 on the man advantage while giving up three power-play goals. Jimmy Howard will start for Detroit and Tim Thomas is expected to be in goal for Florida.

Nashville Predators at New York Rangers -- The Rangers play the third of a franchise-record nine-game homestand, but they are 1-5-1 in their past seven games at Madison Square Garden. Although the Predators are winless in five straight (0-4-1), they are winners of four of their past five road games. A 4-1 loss to the Capitals on Sunday prompted the Rangers to call a closed-door meeting in hopes of providing a spark for the rest of the homestand.

St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets -- St. Louis has struggled recently, dropping three of four games while being outscored 9-1 in the first period in the past four games. The Blues lost 5-2 against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Winnipeg returns home after winning four of six games on the road. The Jets closed out their trip with a 2-1 overtime victory at Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars -- Chicago snapped its three-game skid with a 6-2 victory Sunday against the Florida Panthers at United Center. The Blackhawks scored on three of four power plays and went 5-for-5 killing penalties. The Stars have earned three points in the past two games, including a 5-1 win against Philadelphia on Saturday. Tyler Seguin had a natural hat trick in the second period and assisted on a goal by Valeri Nichushkin, who assisted on all three of Seguin's goals.

Phoenix Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche -- The Coyotes will look to finish their four-game road trip on a positive note after back-to-back losses to the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, but they'll have to do so without captain Shane Doan, who will miss a second straight game due to the flu. Colorado returns home after splitting a four-game road trip, which ended with a 3-1 loss at Vancouver on Sunday.

Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames -- After 16 seasons in Calgary, Jarome Iginla returns to Scotiabank Saddledome for the first time since being traded by the Flames last season. Iginla is the Flames' franchise leader in games (1,219), points (1,095) and goals (525). The Flames have won three of their past four games, including an overtime victory Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers -- Carolina came up empty Monday, when it opened a four-game road trip with a 2-0 loss at Vancouver. The Hurricanes recorded 31 shots on goal, but couldn't solve Canucks rookie goalie Eddie Lack. Edmonton will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 overtime loss to Calgary at Rexall Place on Saturday. Flames forward Jiri Hudler scored 3:14 into the extra period.

New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks -- New York's winless streak was extended to 10 games with a 5-2 loss at Anaheim on Monday. The Islanders have also lost 10 straight games on the road, all in regulation. The Sharks are also in the midst of a losing streak; their skid reached three with a 3-1 defeat against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. All three losses have come on the road. San Jose is 10-1-2 at SAP Center.

Quote of the Day

I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets