Friday, August 28, 2015

Jagr Back in the Nick of Time

Jaromir Jagr may return to the ice Monday against one of his favorite foes.

Jagr Back in the Nick of Time

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Although he missed the Flyers’ trip to Winnipeg this weekend (poor guy) with a lower-body injury, we suspect that Jaromir Jagr will do all he can to return very, very soon.

The Flyers’ opponents that start this week — the Carolina Hurricanes Monday and the New York Islanders on Wednesday — are two of three franchises against whom he has scored more than 100 career regular-season points.

The Flyers’ right wing has already rung up Carolina (who were the Hartford Whalers when he broke into the NHL) for a pair of goals in one game this season, and a pair of assists in another. He has yet to get his gloved hands on the Isles in 2011.

By the way, the Flyers are 70-25-18 all-time against the Hurricanes/Whalers. They have won 10 of the last 11 games with them and are 17-1-3 in the last 21 meetings.

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Oh, we almost forgot ... The third team that Jagr has more than 100 points against? That would be your (and his) Philadelphia Flyers, but he is not going to be adding to that total any time soon.

Jagr’s career totals against the Isles, Canes and Flyers:

     vs.     Islanders    Hurricanes         Flyers
Games 91 71 85
Goals 59 34 40
Assists 82 69 66
Points 141 103 106
  Even-Strength Goals 40 27 24
  Power Play Goals 19 7 16
  Game-Winning Goals     12 7 7
Plus/Minus +26 +15 +23
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