SUNRISE–The New York Islanders visit BB&T Canter Saturday night to play the Florida Panthers for the first time since New York knocked the Cats out of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Panthers are (6-7-1) and currently 1-1-0 on their current three game homestand. Florida lost to San Jose Thursday night and lost another game with three goals allowed in the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Sharks.
Jaromir Jagr played the entire game after leaving two previous contests earlier. What was described by some as groin injury Saturday became a charley horse Tuesday. Sun Sentinel beat writer Harvey Fialkov tweeted after practice Saturday that Jagr was kneed in the back of the leg in the Panthers loss last Saturday to the Washington Capitals. He left that game and Monday’s win over Tampa Bay early.
With a few days off between games to recover, Jagr looked much stronger and played his best game in what seems like weeks. He assisted on Jason Demers second goal of the game for his 1124th career assist as well as career point 1874. The legend is now 13 points behind Mark Messier, his former New York Rangers teammate for second place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list (1887).
Highlights of the San Jose game including the Jagr’s assist as well as stats can be found on this link at nhl.com:
The updated Jagr-O-Meter following the San Jose game in which Jagr had an assist.
Tickets still remain for tonight’s game with the New York Islanders and can be secured at panthers.nhl.com. After tonight’s game the Panthers start a five game road with stops in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa (as long as their passports are in order) then return to the USA for games with the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks in the run up to Thanksgiving. Their next home game will be Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets.