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SUNRISE–Concussions and other injuries have taken their toll on the Florida Panthers (33-18-7-72) in recent weeks and the result has been more man games lost than wins. The first place Panthers take a four-point lead over Boston before tonight’s game with the San Jose Sharks (30-20-5) at BB&T Center. The Panthers are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games which projects out to a 106-point season if sustained over the 82-game schedule.
No return dates have been set for first-line center Aleksander Barkov, defenseman Willie Mitchell and Eric Gudbranson, or forwards Brandon Pirri or Quinton Howden. Reconfigured lines paid off with a victory Monday night with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. After a few days practice any tinkering by the coaches, the lines should be able to get a few more goals tonight.
Legendary Phil Esposito on ageless Jagr: “I wish he could play forever. Love watching him. He is exactly the type of player I wanted to be.”
Phil was okay at 717 goals in 1282 games and his scoring was good for fifth until Jagr caught him during the 2014-15 season.