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Jarome Iginla Day-to-Day

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

DETROIT - Jarome Iginla is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

The winger was a late scratch Wednesday night in Detroit, after taking part in the Bruins' pregame skate at Joe Louis Arena earlier in the day. He did not take part in warmups prior to the game.

According to Head Coach Claude Julien, it is "not a major injury" and the winger would have played through it, had the game been in the postseason.

"Absolutely, yeah. That's why 'day-to-day' - it's not a major injury here. He skated this morning," Julien said following the team's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

The game marked Iginla's first out of the lineup due to an injury of any kind since the 2006-07 season.

With the winger sidelined, Jordan Caron slotted into the lineup. Loui Eriksson filled on the right wing, alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Caron took Eriksson's spot for the game, skating with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg.

Iginla was recently named the NHL's First Star for the month of March, putting up 13 goals, including five game-winners, for 17 points with a plus-12 rating, as the Bruins went 15-1-1 during that span.

Boston finished off March with a 4-3 shootout win in Philadelphia on Sunday, in which Iginla notched an assist. The team had Monday off, and on Tuesday, the Bruins held an optional skate before traveling to Detroit. Iginla stayed off the ice to rest, along with Olympians Krejci, Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara.

At the Bruins' practice rink on Tuesday, amidst talk of managing rest down the stretch with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, Iginla spoke about how he felt throughout the past month, in which the Bruins had 17 games packed into 31 days (with six back-to-back scenarios).

"I got a good break - for the guys who didn’t go to the Olympics, we got a pretty good break, getting ready to load up and we knew it would be a busy stretch after," he said.

"I don’t know what the plan is going to be but for myself, I enjoy playing. It’s hard to watch games and I just really enjoy playing the games and I don’t, like I said, I don’t know what the call is going to be down [the road] — but at the same time, we want to keep winning and feeling well and as a team."

"I feel like with the standings and where were at right now, I think it’s pretty cool too that we’re being able to play these games that mean [something], whereas some teams that clinch, you can’t move up in the standings. It’s like all of our games may be meaningful and I think that’s a good thing going into the playoffs."

The Bruins will get a chance to quickly bounce back following their 3-2 loss to the Red Wings, with the second leg of their back-to-back on Thursday night in Toronto.

It is not yet known whether or not Iginla will be available to play against the Maple Leafs. If the minor injury keeps him out another game, it's with the postseason in mind.

"The number one importance of all of this is that our guys are as fresh and as ready to go for the playoffs," Julien said on Tuesday, generally speaking about their approach right now, with the luxury of a postseason spot locked up.

"And number two, is hopefully, you'll be top in the League. But I don't think we're going to flip those and take a chance, because at the end of the day, nobody cares about the President's Trophy if you don't finish it the right way."

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