Bruins' Jarome Iginla Set to Play in 1,300th NHL Game

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 17, 2014

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 4: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden on March 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla, who scored a pair of goals in Saturday's win over the Carolina Hurricanes, is slated to play in his 1,300th NHL contest Monday night, when the Bruins host the Minnesota Wild. Once the puck drops, he'll become the 55th player in league history to hit the mark.

Among active players, only Jaromir Jagr (1,459), Teemu Selanne (1,440), Ray Whitney (1,321) and Shane Doan (1,301) have suited up for more NHL contests.

Meanwhile, Iginla has notched a team-high 23 goals for the surging Bruins, who have reeled off eight straight wins, a roll that has landed the team atop the NHL's Eastern Conference standings, with 95 points in 67 games. During the team's win streak, Iginla has been a key contributor, recording nine points.

Overall, the 36-year-old right winger has notched 53 points in 67 contests for the Bruins, good for second on the team, behind David Krejci, who centers Iginla's line.

Now in his 17th NHL season, Iginla is in the midst of the milestone-marking stage of his career. He recorded his 550th career goal on March 9 against the Florida Panthers and his 600th assist on Feb. 4 against the Vancouver Canucks.

With 15 games left on the Bruins' regular season schedule, Iginla—who now has 553 NHL goals—has a good shot to move up a notch to 25th on the league's all-time leaderboard before the current campaign concludes. He needs four goals in that span to overtake long-time Bruin John Bucyk, who finished his NHL career with 556 tallies.