SUNRISE–The Florida Panthers have played most of the season without top-9 forwards Jonathon Huberdeau, Nik Bjugstad and Jussi Jokinen, and for two-plus periods they were without Jaromir Jagr in Saturday night’s 4-2 loss at Washington.
Jaromir Jagr skated this morning with the team after leaving the Washington game in the first period. The team expects he’ll be back in the lineup tonight when the Panthers host the Lightning.
In the next week, three of those four players will be back in the lineup. Tonight, When Florida hosts Tampa Bay, Jagr returns after what was called a groin issue. No one asked if this was a one-time event or something that has been bothering the legend for only the Washington game. The game at B&T Center is the first of three home games this week which will see the Panthers host San Jose Thursday and a Saturday night game with last springs playoff nemesis, the New York Islanders. Additional help is on the way for the Panthers as Jokinen is expected Thursday and Bjugstad should return next week. Huberdeau’s recovery is expected to last at least 2-3 additional months.
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The full summary of Saturdays loss at Washington, courtesy of nhl.com.
The Jagr-O-Meter, updated through Saturday’s loss at Washington.