Crazy day in Pittsburgh

- March 28th, 2013

PITTSBURGH — The Jets are a few hours away from taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center, and all the focus today has been not on tonight’s game.

That’s because the Penguins acquired Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames for a first-round draft pick and a couple of prospects overnight. They’re already calling the Penguins the NHL’s version of the Dream Team.

Here are a few other thoughts in advance of tonight’s clash:

• The Jets will go with Al Montoya in net tonight. Good call. The Jets play well in front of him, as evidenced by his 3-0 record as a starter and some decent stats.

• The Penguins could be ripe for the picking. I realize they’ve won 13 games in a row, but the Iginla trade could have their minds elsewhere. “It’s important to focus on the process,” Penguins forward Craig Adams said. “We haven’t been at our best probably the last three games, and we know this is a team coming in here that plays really well on the road. We need to be ready for them, and we need to ready to play the right way. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long night for us. You’re right. It’s important to put all this other stuff to the side and focus on playing hockey.”

• Then again, the Jets/Thrashers have lost 11 games in a row in Pittsburgh. They’ve never won a game in the Consol Energy Center.

• Brenden Morrow, who was acquired from the Dallas Stars on Monday, pointed out that there is going to be a bit of a Canadian Olympic team reunion in Pittsburgh. Not only that, but they all sat next to each other in Vancouver. “Here were are in the same locker-room again,” Morrow said. “It’s pretty exciting.”

• Jets forward Evander Kane on the Iginla trade: “They obviously acquired a world-class player in Jarome Iginla, and it’s going to be different and kind of weird to see him in a different uniform.”

• After tonight, the Jets don’t play the Penguins again this year — unless they meet in the playoffs, of course.

• I asked former Jets forward and current Penguins player Tanner Glass how he felt waking up to stars joining his team nearly every day this week. “Something new to smile about,” he said. “It’s exciting for sure. This morning was surprising. I was expecting Boston all the way.”

• Check back for a post-game blog a few hours after tonight’s game or tomorrow morning.

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