SUNRISE–The Florida Panthers aim for a winning record on their six-game homestand as they host the Arizona Coyotes Thursday evening at BB&T Center.
The game marks the expected return of top-line center Aleksander Barkov and defenseman Eric Gudbranson who have missed multiple games as the team has struggled to a 2-2-1 mark at home over the last five games.
Due to a head injury to Jonathon Huberdeau, Barkov and the Panthers leading scorer Jaromir Jagr (20-23-43) will see Jussi Jokenin on the left wing. Jokinen is tied for second with Huberdeau with 40 points and has been a solid performer on all three of the Panthers top lines this season. The Sun Sentinel told that story in a Wednesday evening article: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/florida-panthers/fl-florida-panthers-0225-20160224-story.html
The Panthers have been idle since Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Winnipeg. Their lead has slipped to 3 three points over second place Tampa Bay and Boston, and four points over Detroit.
With Brett Hull behind him after scoring two goals in the Winnipeg game to become the third all-time leading goal scorer with 742 goals, Jagr now sets aim at Gordie Howe’s 1850 third all-time best career points mark. Jagr enters the Arizona game with 1845 points.
After catching Howe Jagr will have some work today before rising to second place in goals. Howe finished with 801. The points mark will require a return to the NHL for one more season for Jagr to eclipse Mark Messier’s second best 1887. JAGRometer.com will continue to report on every game Jagr plays in as he aims for the stars. In recent days Florida GM Dale Tallon has said he hopes to sign Jagr and veteran defenseman Brian Campbell for the 2016-17 season. Not that he consults the advice of websites, but we applaud the decision as Jagr and the Kids are good for each other. Since becoming a Panthers at the trade deadline last year, the Panthers are 45-24-7 for 91 points in 76 games, which projects to about 104 points for the season. During his time with the Panthers Jagr has produced 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points (0.80 points per game) and +22 in 76 games with the Panthers. Over an 82 game schedule that works out to 66 points, nearly matching his team leading total of 67 when he was with New Jersey in 2013-2014.
A 60-game summary of the Panthers and Jagr will appear in the next edition of JAGRometer.com
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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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
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