SUNRISE: The Florida Panthers (8-8-4) prepare to meet the Los Angeles Kings (12-8-0) in a rare Monday night game at BB&T Center. The Kings are among five teams, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Dallas and San Jose being the others, not to suffer an overtime/shootout loss. Jaromir Jagr enters the game with 730 goals, just one behind Marcel Dionne’s 731, which is fourth all-time in the NHL.
What to make of this Panthers team? Based on a strong 12-7-2 finish last year, a 100-point pace against mostly desperate teams fighting for playoff spots, it was hoped they would start this year at the same pace. Their even-Steven .500 record puts them in sixth place, or fifth in a pack of teams separated by Ottawa’s 25 points to Buffalo and Toronto, who have 18 points. All teams trail Montreal (16-4-2-34) who is worried more about who is best in the conference rather than who is trying to catch them in the division.
As a season ebbs and flows, one mustn’t obsess over each and every lost opportunity, though the Panthers hope to avoid the agony of losing the game in Anaheim that they were leading until the final five seconds of regulation. In simple terms the team must play better defensively through improved performance or trades with the forwards showing better positioning in the defensive zone.
Now it’s time for stats and comments
He says it doesn’t matter, but it matters. If Jaromir Jagr isn’t getting points, the Florida Panthers are not winning. Fortunately he thrives on the pressure of producing and particularly enjoys working with Aleksander Barkov, his best center since Mario Lemieux and Ron Francis from his days with the Penguins.
Florida Panthers Top 10 scorers
In goal Roberto Luongo has been on more than off. His play should improve through stronger team defensive play.
George Richards discusses the magic on ice between Jagr and Barkov, a legend and a rising star.
Another article from our daily web searching.
That’s all for now
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