SUNRISE, FL—Tampa Bay (8-8-3-19) visits the BB&T Center tonight, two days after Florida’s (7-7-3-17) thrilling 5-4 shootout victory at Amelie Arena. Tonight’s game is the first of five straight at home for Florida. There’s good news on the injury front as Aleksander Barkov has been skating in practice since Thursday and is expected to play this evening, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.
When Barkov was injured Oct. 22 against Chicago, Jaromir Jagr said the injury cost the Panthers their best player. Quite a compliment for the 20-year old center but the results don’t lie. Florida was 4-4-2 in 10 full games without Barkov who is projected back at center between Jonathon Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr. The lack of Barkov and missing two games to injury limited Jagr’s scoring to two goals and three assists, well below the point a game pace he enjoys while playing with Barkov.
Top scorers entering the game for Florida tonight include: Jagr and Vincent Trocheck at 7 goals, six assists for 13 points, each. Next are Nick Bjugstad, 6-5-11, Reilly Smith 5-5-10 and Jonathon Huberdeau 1-8-9.
Later in the week the Panthers host Anaheim Thursday and the New York Rangers Saturday night.
Tickets for these and other games available through http://www.floridapanthers.com.
Assorted Jagr-related links:
Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide
Florida Panthers Team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com
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: https://www.facebook.com/68Jagr/ 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
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.
@NHLHistoryGirl This hockey loving woman shares interesting informational tidbits about hockey and the NHL in general. How does she do it?
@MyRegularFace She’s another gem. Watches lots of games and gets up GIFs faster than nhl.com or anyone else out there.
@HockeyCzech National organization for hockey in the Czech Republic.
@68isgr8 is the twitter for 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 fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.
Ray Haluska aka Kladno Jagr, curator of the Jagr-O-Meter
https://twitter.com/CruisingRay or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM