Panthers head west, Jagr nears test

ANAHEIM–The Panthers have been idle since Saturday’s 2-1 OT loss to Washington at BB&T Center. Jaromir Jagr has been idle since leaving the Carolina game in the first period of the Oct. 27 game with Colorado. Jagr has resumed practice with the team and all concerned hope he’ll be able to play tonight,when the team visits, or Thursday, San Jose or Saturday against vs.  Los Angeles. There are two “ors” in that last sentence, and as the team’s leading scorer, Jagr has been paddling the oars hard for the Panthers this year with six goals and four assists in his nine games played. In competitive games last week without Jagr the young Panthers skated well and with good effort but came up short in games against Boston and the Capitals.

The Panthers start the week in sixth place in the Atlantic Division.

Atlantic Division
Team        GP    W    L    T    OTL
Montreal    14    11    2    1    23
Ottawa      12      6    4    2    14
Lightning   14      6    6    2    14
Boston      11      6    4    1    13
Detroit       12     6    5    1    13
FLORIDA    11    5    4    2    12
Buffalo        12    5    7    0    10
Toronto       11    2    7    2      6
Over in the metropolitian division the top five teams are separated by five points with the New York Rangers  collecting 18 points, followed by the Islanders 17, Washington’s 16, Pittsburgh’s 14 and the surprising Devils 13.
Remember this week’s games are on the WEST coast with starting times in the East that reflect that geography:  Anahaiem , Wednesday, 10:30; San Jose, Thursday 10:30 pm and the LA Kings, Saturday at a special time of 4 pm Eastern. Set  your sundials!
MULLET UPDATE: A few tweets from the lockerroom showed the progress of Jagr’s hair, a mane source of importance for some people.
The most important thing I see in Monday’s  picture is that Jagr is smiling. He’s all business and if things are not going well, he’s not in the mood for silliness. When he’s feeling good, he’s one of the funniest people in hockey.
No changes, but here we go anyway:
Some good reading to keep you awake for the West Coast games:

Assorted Jagr-related links:

Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide

Florida Panthers Team website:

Some Jagr-related  social media accounts:

@68Jagr  This is the real site,  the one and only official Jaromir Jagr twitter account. Postings are rare.

The two best Jagr facebook pages are:   This is the page Jagr posts on, if he is going to post at all.

Another good facebook page is one produced by someone in the Czech Republic. It has more than 100,000 likes. This is not the official page, but it is very good.

@FlaPanthers and @FLAPanthersPR  The official twitter accounts for news about the team.

@dougielarge  Doug Cifu, few owners in sports relate to the fans as much as this man who interacts with fans and media on twitter.

@goldieonice  — Steve Goldstein, TV play-by-play of the Panthers. Brings all those exciting highlights to life.

@DenisPotvinFox — NHL Hall  of  Famer Denis Potvin works along side Goldstein in the booth.

@HeyRedDeer color man Randy Moller who left the radio booth to help Goldstein and Potvin on TV.

@GeorgeRichards  Panthers beat writer for the Miami Herald.

@HFialkov Panthers beat writer for the Sun Sentinel

@AntwanStaley Includes Panthers coverage in his all sports all the time reports

@Cats0ntheprowl twitter for Cats On the Prowl, offering detailed reviews of Panthers  games and more.

@SunshineSkate twitter for The Sunshine Skate, another blog with special emphasis on advanced stats and charts that will make you dizzy.

@Zdenek_Janda  US-based Czech reporter who covers the NHL and reports on other news for the people of the Czech Republic.

@Jsmidcro    Jan Smid was a US-based Czech reporter who collaborated on “Jagr”, an autobiography in the late 90’s detailing Jagr’s early life and career in the NHL.

Quant Hockey: Career stats updated game by game by a hockey lover in Europe. Site enables you to find career leaders in any offensive category by clicking on the category you are researching.

@rytiriKladno The Kladno Hockey Club: Before coming to the NHL Jagr played for this team in the Czech league as a teenager. Now he owns the team. It’s in Czech  but some devices can translate to English.  Follow them at:

@HockeyCzech  National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.

@TravelingJagrs The Traveling Jagrs, clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with local fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend. Follow them on twitter:

Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM

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