SUNRISE–The New Jersey Devils visit the Florida Panthers Thursday night at BB&T Center. The Panthers, 4-5-1 in their first 10 games, will try to even their record in their last home game before Saturday’s game with the Capitals in Washington Saturday night.
With top 9 forwards Jonathon Huberdeau, Jussi Jokinen and Nik Bjugstad out with injuries, the Panthers hoped for a strong start from the rest of their returning forwards, but the results have been mixed. After a strong start Aleksander Barkov is scoreless in four games and is stuck on seven points. Both Jagr and Barkov prefer working together with long up-ice rushes which have been rare with all the puck-carrying defensemen the Pantehrs added in the office season.
Jagr. the team’s leading point producer last season, is getting shots, but only one of his 24 shots has entered the net, limiting him to four points so far this season. Fortunately newcomers Jonathon Marchessault (six goals) and Colton Scevior (five) have brought some scoring but erratic team play is holding back the collective effort.
For Jagr, four-point outpoint in those first 10 games was his worst as a Panther, as last year’s 10-game segment chart shows.
Jagr has collected his 750th career goal, and after tonight’s game he’ll be sixth all-time in games played with 1640, breaking a tie with Dave Andrechyuk.
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