CALGARY–The Florida Panthers (23-12-5-57) finish a swing through Western Canada with tonight’s game in Calgary (19-20-2-40), the fourth straight game they’ve played above the US-Canada border. Before heading West Florida beat Ottawa, defeated Edmonton and lost in overtime to Vancouver to gain 5 of 6 possible standings points.
Coach Gerard Gallant is away from the team to attend the funeral of his mother. Assistant coach Mike Kelly will handle the reins in his absence.
One of the better tests for the Panthers defensive capabilities will come in the form of Johnny Gaudreau, aka Johnny Hockey, who leads the flames with 18 goals-24 assists for 42 points including three in overtime. Gaudreau is tied for sixth in scoring.
Jaromir Jagr leads the Panthers in scoring with 15 goals-17 assists for 32 points and his production has been helped with the great work of linemates Jonathon Huberdeau (7-24-31) and Alexsander Barkov (12-16-28), the latter playing in only 33 of the Panthers 43 games.
The teamwork continues to allow the trio to thrive. Among all skaters, Jagr’s 32 points rank him tied for 32nd, while his 15 goals rank him tied for 28th. Narrow that down to right wing and Jagr’s point total is eighth best and his goal total is seventh best.
Always good to read the thoughts of real hockey writers from real hockey countries. Nice discussion of the Jagr phenomenon.
Johnson: Living legend Jagr set to make one of last Saddledome appearances
Roberto Luongo talks about Jagr in this article with the Calgary media.
New York Ranger Dan Boyle has gained some inspiration from Jagr to improve his own game as he approaches 40.
The Panthers return to Eastern time zone hockey for the final game of their six game road trip when they visit Tampa Bay Sunday. A homestand starts the next day, Mon. Jan. 18 against Edmonton. Tickets for all Panthers home games available through panthers.nhl.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, but worth the wait. Jagr has been more active on Twitter this season.
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.
@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.
@KrRutherford Kristina Rutherford wrote a great article for Canada’s sportsnet magazine.
Nigel Buchanan, whose superhero treatment of Jagr in his art for sportsnet magazine is one of the many efforts he has on display at http://www.nigelbuchanan.com.
The article was shared by Sportsnet on Dec. 20, 2015.
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.
@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