TAMPA BAY–The Florida Panthers (41-24-9-91) and Tampa Bay Lightning (43-26-5-91) meet Saturday night in Tampa with both teams aiming to finish the evening in first place. Early in the season both teams struggled. Florida went on a 12-game winning streak to vault into first place. A series of injuries cooled their momentum but as the games have taken on magnified meaning Florida has kept themselves within striking distance of the Atlantic Division crown.
The Lightning limped through the first half of the season but have overcome that rough start to claim their place at the top of the division by the technicality of most regulation and overtime wins even though both teams have 91 points through 74 games after Tampa Bay defeated the New York Islanders Friday night in Amalie Arena, site for tonight’s game with Florida.
With the pressure on in Boston Thursday night the Panthers won their first game in Beantown since 2011 with their top scorers all figuring in on the scoring and goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 34 of 35 shots in playing his best game in months. Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck matched Jaromir Jagr’s team leading 24 goals in that game and with a goal and an assist Jussi Jokinen finished the game matching Jagr’s team-leading 56 points. The Panthers top line ended their nearly three-game scoring slump in the last minute of the game with an empty net goal by Jonathon Huberdeau that was set up by Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov.
We stay away from predictions here at JAGRoemeter.com and hope tonight’s game results in a Florida victory with the legend doing his part to key the victory. Following tonight’s game the Panther play three games against Toronto Tuesday, New Jersey Wednesday and Montreal Saturday at BB&T Center. Tickets for these games available at panthers.nhl.com.
Here are some links of note we uncovered Friday to share with you today..
It’s been well-established that Jaromir Jagr is not your average hockey player. In this article he explains why he recently said he wants to play until he’s at least 60.
During the Panthers visit to Madison Square Garden earlier this week the New York Rangers paid tribute to Jagr, their former captain, who in 2004 keyed a turn in fortune for that franchise which continues to this day. JAGRometer.com enthusiastically presents the full video from the facebook page of ALL THINGS RANGERS
Assorted Jagr-related links:
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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
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