James O'Brien

Jaromir Jagr

Hey, it looks like Jagr’s back for the Panthers

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A night after fans of the sport lost young wunderkind Connor McDavid to injury, it looks like an old favorite is back to delight audiences.

Every indication is that Jaromir Jagr will return to the Florida Panthers’ lineup against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Jagr is expected to line up with Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau, according to Harvey Fialkov of the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The Panthers were hit hard by injuries in a short span when Jagr and Aleskander Barkov went down with injuries, but now they have one of those two key forwards back tonight (barring a last-minute scratch).

Jagr apparently is feeling great:

… And his mullet is becoming increasingly robust, as well.

(If the unexpected happens and Jagr cannot play, this post will be updated.)

Wheeler, Burmistrov score pretty game-winner for Jets


When he was in the penalty box late in the third period, Alexander Burmistrov was probably quite worried about being in the doghouse.

He had gone five games without a point, with a -3 rating against Montreal on Nov. 1. The penalty he took likely did him few favors, either.

A timely pass found him on his way out of the penalty box, however, and he made a great play to get the puck to Blake Wheeler, who returned the favor for a fabulous 2-on-1 goal that served as the game-winner.

In a way, it captured the feel for what Winnipeg does so well: scoring goals as a group.

Four different Jets scored goals. Multiple players, including Wheeler, added assists as well.

Depth is a big thing in a league where goals are tougher to come by, and Winnipeg seemingly boasts that.

One might even make that argument with more confidence if Burmistrov can get it going from here.

Hectic start to Blues – Blackhawks, to say the least


Want goals, collisions and overall strange stuff? The first period of St. Louis Blues – Chicago Blackhawks gave you plenty of that.

(You can see all seven goals in the video above.)

The Blackhawks enter the first intermission with a 5-2 lead, and there were indeed some odd things that happened in net for St. Louis besides all the pucks entering it.

Brian Elliott was taken out of the Blues’ net as an end-around to essentially use a timeout, as Jake Allen only came in for about 40 seconds … at first.

More goals came after that, and then Jonathan Toews collided with Elliott in a moment that involved a David Backes penalty. Here’s a replay of that collision:

Again, all of this happened in 20 minutes of game time. You can watch the rest of the game on NBCSN and stream it via the link below.


John Tavares aims for Thursday return vs. Habs

John Tavares

The good news is that John Tavares seems to think that he’s ready to return to action.

The slightly less good news is that the New York Islanders actually need to OK it.

Tavares told media members including Newsday’s Arthur Staple that he hopes to face the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

He apparently lost some weight from flu-like symptoms that sidelined him for three games, but he believes he’s “close to that.”

“I want to play,” Tavares said. “I feel good, I felt pretty good on the ice today and I just want to get back out there.”

The Isles went 1-1-1 with Tavares out of the lineup. If Jack Capuano decides he wants to give Tavares a little more time and rest him on Thursday, the Isles’ next game is against the Bruins on Nov. 8.

Alternatively, playing him tomorrow – maybe sparingly? – could be a decent move because of that gap.

Hey, it’s a long season, and the best news may be that his illness seemingly really was an illness … instead of an “illness.”


Dreger: McDavid’s best-case scenario is 7-8 weeks


Darren Dreger spoke with NBCSN’s Liam McHugh on Wednesday, giving more details on Connor McDavid‘s injury situation.

The most direct news for Edmonton Oilers fans: the best-case scenario for McDavid’s return would be a window of seven-to-eight weeks.

Hopefully you note that it’s a best-case scenario, although hockey players – especially ones as devoted as McDavid – sometimes beat even optimistic outlooks.

Still, this is a broken clavicle we’re talking about, so it could be a significantly bigger problem for all we know.

Dreger provides more sensory details in the video above, including talk of a “clean break.”