@FlaPanthers host Oilers to start four game homestand; Jagr at 1902 points

SUNRISE–The Panther’s open stretch of 6 games in 12 nights with Wednesday vs. Edmonton.

A preview of upcoming games and players to watch.

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Edmonton at Florida. The Panthers will have their hands full with the NHL’s leading scorer Connor McDavid and his talented young mates.Tell your friends to put down their comic books for an evening and put on their favorite costume for Super Heroes Night.

Friday, Feb. 24: Calgary at Florida: Exciting Johnny Gaudereau aka Johnny Hockey, comes to town as his inconsistent squad hopes to take a second win from the Panthers.

Sunday, Feb. 26: Ottawa at Florida:  Top defenseman Erik Karllson battles to keep an injury depleted squad in second place. No one showed mercy on Panthers when they were hurt and now it’s time to return favor. With a win Panthers could exit that game in second place, pending outcomes of games between now and then.

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Carolina at Florida: Sebastian Aho is the beacon of hope in a once-promising season that is slipping away from the Hurricanes. A  loss to Carolina in November left former Cats coach Gerald Gallant outside the arena waiting for a taxi  to the airport and launched months of  passioned debate among fans over the decision.

Thursday, March 2, 2017: Panthers at Philadelphia: The Flyers have fluttered lower in the standings since their long winning streak earlier in the campaign and are debating a sell off rather than a gear up. Still, can’t count at any team with Claude Giroux, Jakub Vorachek and Wayne Simmonds.

Saturday, March 4, 2017: Dallas at Panthers: The Stars have dimmed from last season’s division leading performance and have yet to show improved play Panthers have in attempting to repeat as division winners. Former scoring champ Jamie Benn is the star that shines bright deep in the heart of Texas.

After that string of games the Panthers will have two days off. The Panthers will need to continue winning as Boston is currently enjoying their league-mandated five day break.

Tickets for tonight’s game

A nice selection of good seats in many locations are still available for tonight’s game as of 11:30 am. Walkup or get piece of mind ordering in advance at panthers.nhl.com.

NHL Centennial Arena in Sunrise March 2-4

Panthers fans can do something Panthers players won’t do until they win a cup–take a picture with the fabled trophy when the NHL’s rolling museum comes to South Florida March 2-4. Full preview from nhl.com.

https://www.nhl.com/panthers/news/nhl-centennial-fan-arena-to-visit-sunrise-fl-march-2-4/c-286829016

jagrreimerblues

Jaromir Jagr congratulates goalie James Reimer on a job well done after the Panthers edged St. Louis 2-1 Monday night to cap off the team’s first ever five game road game sweep.

Highlights of Monday’s thriller vs. St Louis  (courtesy of nhl.com)

Despite a solid game  the Panthers top line of Jonathon Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr were held without a point for the first time since Huberdeau returned after missing the first 51 games. Other Panthers wore the heroes cape in this one. Jon Marchessault scored first and Vincent Trochek fired a dagger into the heart of St. Louis with a winning goal with less than five seconds remaining. James Reimer kept all but one shot out of the net in the win.

https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/fla-vs-stl/2017/02/20/2016020880#game=2016020880,game_state=final

It was a best-ever road trip for the franchise that started with a 7-4 win over Nashville, a 6-5 OT win at San Jose, and then the start of three great defensive games and goaltending by Florida with a 4-1 win over Anaheim and a 3-2   victory over Los Angeles.

Updated JAGR-O-METER

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Some video highlights of Jagr from the road trip

Point 1900 for Jagr is assist on Barkov goal on long, long shift with the big payoff

https://www.nhl.com/video/jagr-records-1900th-career-point/t-283345288/c-49465303

The hustle, the hands, the 1995-style goal vs. Anaheim, the game winner

https://www.nhl.com/video/jagr-nets-brilliant-solo-effort/t-283346348/c-49519903r

RECENT JAGR ARTICLES…

The first is one of better efforts from this season from St. Louis.

http://www.stlouisgametime.com/2017/2/20/14665786/jaromir-jagr

http://www.stlouisgametime.com/2017/2/20/14666210/jaromir-jagr-panthers-the-bird-at-father-time

The JAGR-O-METER and jagrometer.com is produced for fans of Jaromir Jagr in North America, the Czech Republic and around the world  by one-time hockey writer Ray Haluska.  a one-time hockey writer who covered Jagr early in his career. Too busy to sit down for a book, the articles here are a good resource for anyone interested in the more recent years of Jagr’s career.  Ray can be reached at rokinray@aol.com, on twitter @cruisingRay or at the comments section at the bottom of this page.  Thank you for visiting.

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