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Olli Smokes! Jokinen and Iginla reunited

- November 3rd, 2011

Olli Jokinen was first brought to the Flames as a top centre the team hoped with mesh with captain Jarome Iginla.
It never worked out.
But after a brutal outing against the Canucks this week, the duo will be reunited a couple of seasons after that first experiment officially ended.
Jokinen will centre Curtis Glencross and Iginla against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.
“I think it’s just kind of a jolt thing after last game,” said Iginla. “For myself, getting paired with them, they’re playing really well. They’re quick players, they’re fast, and I’ll work to get my feet going and keep up to them.”
That may be the biggest motivating factor for head coach Brent Sutter, who hasn’t seen much from his captain early this season. Iginla has two goals and four points through 10 games and hasn’t been moving too quickly on the ice.
“Jarome will have to adjust somewhat to his new linmates and the way they play. That’s what we expect,” said Sutter, who also suggests the evolution of Jokinen from a selfish offensive player to a two-way centre will mean different results for the duo this time around.
“Olli’s a different player than he was two years ago when Jarome and him played together,” Sutter said. “His role has changed. He’s playing a different brand of hockey for us than he has, and he’s being rewarded for changing his game.
“He’s playing well.”

Here are the lines and pairings for the match against the Red Wings.

Glencross-Jokinen-Iginla
Tanguay-Morrison-Stempniak
Bourque-Horak-Moss
Kostopoulos-Stajan-Jackman

Bouwmeester-Butler
Giordano-Sarich
Hannan-Babchuk

Miikka Kiprusoff starts in net.

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