SUNRISE–With a 2-1-0 record through three games of a five game homestand, the Panthers try to rebound from Thursday’s loss to one of the NHL’s underachieving teams in Anaheim and get back on the winning track against the New York Rangers. Prior to leaving for the KHL, Jaromir Jagr spent a few years in NYC and during 2005-06 set season records for goals (54) and points (123), seeing the scoring championship slip away to San Jose’s Joe Thornton in the last week of that campaign.
In preparation for tonight’s game between the New York Rangers and the Florida Panthers, long-time NHL beat writer Larry Brooks of the New York Post wrote these words about former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.
A game against a former team frequently brings out an inspired performance and perhaps Jagr will have one of those memorable games in tonight’s game at the BB&T Center. In a late-season game at Madison Square Garden the Panthers dropped a close game to the Rangers despite outshooting New York 39-34. It’s been a while since the Panthers have outshot anybody. Tonight would be a good time to change that.
Hair hair: Something that is ever changing, perhaps even microscopically, is the growth, or regrowth of #JagrsMullet (as it can be researched on twitter). Under the FanZone section there’s even a link to it at the team website: http://www.floridapanthers.com.
The good news is, this is about 1″ of growth since the last update Nov. 1, 2015, but far from the magnificence shown in these hockey cards from his Penguins days:
BACK TO BUSINESS: The latest Jagr-O-Meter.
Seven of the eight Atlantic division teams play Saturday night. It’s a tight division with five points separating seven teams starting from Ottawa’s 23 to Buffalo and Toronto’s 18 points.
Tickets for tonight’s and all Panther’s games are available at http://www.floridapanthers.com. The team is offering some great packages for the end of year shopping season. Treat yourself or some friends and enjoy your hockey weekend!
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