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By Josh Yohe
Friday, March 29, 2013, 2:12 p.m.
 

Don't expect to see Jarome Iginla in a Penguins uniform until next week.

Iginla was expected to arrive in Pittsburgh late Friday or early Saturday but was unlikely to play when the Penguins host the New York Islanders on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins traded for Iginla, a Canadian citizen, early Thursday morning. Immigration issues prevented him from immediately arriving in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins would prefer to have Iginla practice with them before participating in a game. He has played his entire 16-season career in Calgary, and the Penguins hope to at least briefly introduce him to their system in a non-game environment.

The Penguins have a scheduled off day Sunday before practicing again Monday. They host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, which could mark Iginla's debut.

The Penguins, winners of 14 consecutive games, weren't stressed by Iginla's absence.

“Immigration issues are not an uncommon thing when having to get a visa,” Bylsma said.

• Defenseman Paul Martin could be another Penguin not participating in Saturday's game. He did not practice Friday at Southpointe. “(He) has an upper-body injury that's being evaluated,” Bylsma said. “I don't have a lot of information.”

• Bylsma declined to say who would start in goal Saturday but said Marc-Andre Fleury will be “available.” Fleury did not dress against Winnipeg on Thursday because of a neck injury sustained Tuesday against Montreal.

• Southpointe was filled nearly to capacity for the team's practice, forcing many fans to park at adjacent businesses and walk to the complex.

• The Penguins host the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon, and a quick glance at the standings indicates that this could mark a playoff preview. Thanks to a current three-game winning streak, the Islanders have pulled even with the New York Rangers for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference standings. Led by forward John Tavares, the Islanders had lost three straight games against the Penguins before winning the previous three games in the series. The Penguins have never defeated the Islanders in the postseason, losing to them in 1975, 1982 and 1993. “They're a talented hockey team,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

— Josh Yohe

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