Traveling Florida nabs playoff spot as Boston loses in Chicago

SUNRISE–It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the First place Florida Panthers would qualify for the playoffs this season, their baggage probably felt lighter Sunday afternoon when they landed in Toronto and heard the news that the  Boston Bruins lost 6-4 in Chicago Sunday afternoon at United Center.

The loss means that the Bruins cannot catch the Panthers and that the fans of BB&T Center will get to witness at least two games in the first round at their rink.

A strong finish and the Panthers can finish first in the Atlantic Division and host the number 7 seed in the East, the identity of which will be determined among the New York Rangers, New York Islanders , Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins pending the final week of the regular season.

Tampa Bay trails Florida by two points with each team playing four games between now and Saturday. The Panthers must finish ahead of the Lighting to win the division as Tampa Bay holds the tie breaker. With a wobbly finish the Panthers would finish in second or third in the division and face the other team finishing second or third in the Atlantic.

The Lightning will have a tough week and a challenging playoff run. The reigning East Conference champions revealed Saturday night that All-Star left wing Steven Stamkos will be getting surgery Monday for a blood clot in his right arm. The original release says Stamkos will be out from one to three months.

Jaromir Jagr was asked by the Sun Sentinel about Jonahton Huberdeau who has is riding a five-game goal scoring streak after a snakebit start to his season.


Jagr and Huberdeau join forces with center Aleksander Barkov to form the Panthers top line and have collectively scored the Panthers last seven goals, putting to rest the suggestion that any other unit on the team is the top line. Jagr will try to hold onto his own record of being the oldest player to lead a team in scoring for the second time in three years. Jagr had 67 points in the 2013-14 season with New Jersey. Jagr currently has 62 points and a four-point cushion for the team lead over Jussi Jokinen.

The  final games of the regular season  hope a revival of some sort for the Panthers second line. The unit has been adjusting to life without center Vincent Trocheck whose speed and scoring touch have been a delight for a team historically strapped for scoring prowess. But Reilly Smith is stuck at 25 goals and 47 points for about a week now and Jokinen caught Jagr for the team lead in points for  few games but he has also tailed off and has produced 58 points. Nick Bjugstad has been skating strong on that line of late. If Smith tallies three points in the final four games he will be the sixth Panther to reach 50 points this season.

From, the Panthers qualify for the playoffs.

The updated Atlantic Division standings through Sunday’s games.

Expanded Atlantic Division Standings

From the Florida Panthers website, the  offcial team website with their Traveling Jagrs’ visit in review.

In case there was ever any doubt, the Traveling Jagrs are Jagr approved!


It may feel like you are seeing 11!

If you need more the most recent editions of have had Travelling Jagrs coverage for about a week.  Revisit some great games through the video links provided and enjoy the pretty pictures.

There will be a playoff team in Canada for three games this week as the Panthers play in Toronto Monday, Montreal Tuesday and Ottawa on Wednesday. After that there won’t be any playoff teams in Canada as none of the Canadian teams made the playoffs this year for the first time in more than 40 years. Following their three-game road trip the Panthers close the regular season at home for a game with Carolina Saturday evening at BB&T Center. Tickets for that game and some of the early playoff games are available through

Assorted Jagr-related links:

Florida Panthers 2015-16 Media Guide

Florida Panthers Team website:

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 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

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 or email ROKINRAY@AOL.COM

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