DETROIT–A rare Sunday afternoon game pits the Florida Panthers at the Detroit Red Wings at 2 pm in Joe Louis Arena This is the final game of November for the Panthers who have battled to a 4-5-2 record this month, after a 5-4-2 record in October. The return of brilliant Aleksander Barkov who missed six of 10 games missed with his broken hand has provided a lift for the team. The line shuffling unveiled in Friday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Islander’s show promise that December could be a breakout month for Florida.
Jaromir Jagr, who left Friday win early is expected to play, according to multiple sources, including George Richards of the the Miami Herald. His summary of Saturday’s events in Pantherland include a quote from Jagr and other news about the Panthers.
While retired Red Wing Gordie Howe holds onto the third all-time leading NHL scoring mark with 1850, Jagr has a few milestones he can whittle away at in the mean time as he garners the 31 points necessary to pass Howe. Jagr enters Sunday’s game with 730 goals, one behind #4 all time Marcel Dionne, also a former Red Wing who scored 129 of his 731 goals in the first four years of his NHL career in Detroit. Dionne achieved his greatest glory with Los Angeles, then then played his final two-and-a-half seasons with the New York Rangers. Jagr also needs one power play point to break a tie for second with former Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who also has 590 PP points. A great road game by #68 could knock off two milestones in one day.
While Florida practice and prepared for today, it was a busy night for the Atlantic Division. All competitors who played Saturday lost except Buffalo, who beat Nashville, and idle Detroit.
The latest Jagr-O-Meter:
That Jagr graphic above is by Nigel Buchanan and is from the Dec. 7 edition of the Canadian sports magazine Sportsnet, (previews available on-line). Some readers report getting it on their tablet but we’re still hopeful of getting it on our PC, though we’d gladly distribute a box if the publishers feel like shipping to the USA. The excerpts I’ve read provide another interesting glance at Jagr.
Jagr (or perhaps his twitter manager) expressed their approval over the article which interviews several peers in the hockey world.
Kristina Rutherford Retweeted Jaromir Jagr
Kristina Rutherford added,
Jagr says he keeps changing his mind about whether he’ll bring the mullet back. “We’ll see what happens.” Don’t let him near a barbershop.