@FLAPanthers play BUF, BOS, DET, TOR MTL at home after road trip; @68Jagr resumes chase for #2 with 1884 points

THREE is the magic number for #68

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UPDATES:  A veteran hockey writer from Canada  put together this nice story on Jaromir Jagr as he closes in on Mark Messier.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/jaromir-jagr-quietly-closes-in-on-second-place-in-nhl-career-scoring/article33360292/?reqid=5cf3adaa-855f-4a2c-bb98-43aabf4513e2

Huberdeau skating hard in solo workouts

It seems much longer than 11 weeks but Jonathon  Huberdeau is back skating as he continues to rehab from a pre-season injury. Huberdeau was on the recent three-game road trip with the team.  His absence has been seen as one of the major reason for the teams offensive struggles, though linemates Aleksander Barkov and Jagr have shaken some of the cobwebs in recent games.

Jagr shares training video on shooting on Facebook

Scroll down Jagr’s facebook page to see a training exercise he’s implemented to build up his shooting. He’s using a 1.5-3.kg medicine ball instead of a puck. Jagr’s been getting a lot of shots. Maybe a little more muscle will see more of them sail by the goalie and into the net.

https://www.facebook.com/68Jagr/

From over the weekend.

The rest of this was published over the weekend. the Panthers have been idle so there are no updates to the statistical charts.

SUNRISE–The Florida Panthers come into a five game homestand with a 3-1 victory Friday night over the Colorado Avalanche  in  Denver. The victory wrapped up a 1-1-1 road trip that saw the team play progressively better after Tuesday’s 5-1 loss at Minnesota.

It was the kind of game a struggling team needs to win and was the rare game when the many new pieces to the team played cohesively with the established Panthers players. Goalie James Reimer stopped 30 of 31 shots in his best showing of the season. Jason Demers scored his fifth goal and rookie defenseman Michael Matheson scored his first ogal in two months. Reilly Smith’s shorthanded goal in the third period was the gamewinner. Colorado’s Fedor Tyitin scored the only goal for the Avs. Highlights and other coverage from the game from nhl.com can be seen at this link….

https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/fla-vs-col/2016/12/16/2016020457#game=2016020457,game_state=final,game_tab=stats

Included in the coverage was several good photos of Jaromir Jagr, including this one.

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Jagr didn’t record any points but did get five shots on goal, including a strong wrist shot that was blocked wide of the net by Colorado goalieCalvin Pickard who stopped 20 of 23 Panthers shots.

So the countdown to #2 for Jagr will continue Tuesday when the Panthers open a five-game homestand against the Buffalo Sabres at the BB&T  Center.  Jagr has 1884 points and needs three to tie and four to pass Mark Messier as the NHL’s second all-time leading point producer.

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The updated jagr-O-Meter following Friday’s game vs. Colorado

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JAGR AND THE PANTHERS PLAY THREE GAMES THIS WEEK

Over the next two weeks five Atlantic Division opponents will visit south Florida to play the Panthers. This week’s schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at BB&T Center vs. Buffalo

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at BB&T Center vs. Boston

Friday, Dec. 23 , 2016 at BB&T Center vs. Detroit

When will Jagr catch and pass Mark Messier? Visit jagrometer.com between games as…The Legend Continues…

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Contact the editor Ray Haluska at ROKINRAY@aol.com or twitter @CruisingRay

 

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