Rough road gets bumpier with games vs. Boston and Flyers for struggling @FlaPanthers after 2-0 loss at Ottawa

BOSTON–After one of the more tumultuous weeks in team history the Florida Panthers hope four games this week will yield better results than last week’s quartet of games that saw the Panthers finish 1-2-1.

The most recent setback was Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Ottawa, currently sitting second in the Atlantic Division. The Senators lanced Florida for two first period goals then played solid enough defense in front of journeyman goalie Mike Cnndon to collect a shutout.

Saturday night’s highlights (none for the Panthers) from,game_state=final

The consistently middle of the road Panthers reached the 25 game mark with a record of 12-11-2 in a season that has seen many changes on and off the ice, injuries to key performers from last year’s Atlantic Division team and less than expected results from many of their top-three lines. With games against teams they are chasing in the Eastern Conference– Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to start the week, Florida’s chances for a second straight playoff are up in the air like the puck Jaromir Jagr (four goals, eight assists) is trying to control in this gallery photo.

The week ahead for the Panthers and Jaromir Jagr

For Jaromir Jagr it’s three games against former teams starting with tonight’s game against Boston. Tuesday night’s game will be down I-95 and is the last game of the Panthers’s six game road trip, their longest stretch away from BB&T Center. The exciting Stanley Cup Pittsburgh Penguins visit BB&T Thursday while the struggling Vancouver Canucks come to South Florida Saturday night before the Panthers hit the road again.

Jagr starts the week with 1880 points and needs seven to match Mark Messier’s 1887 as the NHL’s second all-time leading scorer. Jagr had three  of the Panthers 24shots and was noticeable in Saturday’s loss, but like his teammates could not find the scoresheeet.

Here’s today’s updated Jagr-O-Meter.


For comments or to share photos email or contact on twitter @CruisingRay. Thanks for visiting and share with Jaromir Jagr fans.

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