When the Florida Panthers hosted the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, December 20, Jaromir Jagr claimed three assists to move to joint second on the NHL’s all-time point scorers list, landing on the same points as Mark Messier, at 1887 points.
Now he’s just one point away from moving to second of all-time, only behind the unreachable record set by Wayne Gretzky, at 2857 points. But who will he get the milestone point against?
Only a matter of time for Jagr
This season, Jaromir Jagr has hit in 19 points in 33 games, averaging a point every 0.58 games. His longest point-less streak this season is three games, but has been as long as four games since he joined the Florida Panthers.
His average points per game suggests that the Czech Republican will score within the next two games, but if he goes to the extent of his point-less streak then it could be as far as four games. Luckily for Jagr, his next four games are all at the BB&T Center, in an all Atlantic Division home-stand.
As the veteran has a better career scoring record at home than away – 1042 points in home games, 845 points in away games – this Florida Panthers home stand looks set to bear witness to Jaromir Jagr moving to second on the NHL all-time point scorers list.
Jaromir Jagr versus the Boston Bruins
Tonight, the Florida Panthers host the Boston Bruins, who have been playing well when on the road, hosting a 9-5-3 record. They currently sit two places ahead of the Panthers in the Atlantic Division, residing in a divisional playoff spot.
Over his 23 year NHL career, Jaromir Jagr has faced the Bruins 83 times, totalling 34 goals and 101 points with a +23 rating. He averages 1.22 points per game in his career and has already claimed a point from them this season, on December 5 at TD Garden. In four home games with the Panthers against the Bruins, Jagr has clocked in three assists.
Jaromir Jagr versus the Detroit Red Wings
Tomorrow night, the Florida Panthers host the Detroit Red Wings, who also put up a better record when away than at home, going 7-6-1 on their travels. The Red Wings are two places down on the Panthers in the Atlantic Division, sitting in seventh, with a weak 3-5-2 last ten record after a strong run of form.
The ‘Ageless Mullet’ has squared off with the Red Wings 43 times in his career, with Detroit achieving something that very few teams have; they’ve held Jagr to under a point per game. With 12 goals and 37 points in 43 contests, the Red Wings have proven to be a bit of a stickler to the right winger from time-to-time.
So far with the Panthers, Jagr has played two home games against Detroit, clocking in one goal and three points, surpassing his career average against the Motor City franchise.
Jaromir Jagr versus the Toronto Maple Leafs
With the long Christmas break in-between, the Florida Panthers follow up the game against Detroit with one hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Wednesday December 28. After Auston Matthews’ stunning start to his NHL career, the Maple Leafs have inevitably mellowed out to sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a weak away record of 3-6-5.
In 61 games against Toronto, Jaromir Jagr has tallied a mighty 33 goals and 78 points, with one of those goals coming in his three Panthers home games against them. The 44-year-old has already played the Maple Leafs twice this season, managing one assist.
Jaromir Jagr versus the Montreal Canadiens
The day after Florida play the Maple Leafs, they have to face the Atlantic leading Montreal Canadiens. With Carey Price back in the team, the Habs have flown up the standings, but are far better at home than on their travels – going 6-5-2 away.
Despite, historically, being one of the best franchises in NHL history, they have failed to contain Jaromir Jagr as he’s rampaged through the league. Jagr has 43 goals and 93 points in 84 games against the Montreal Canadiens, but missed out on adding any points in the only meeting between the Panthers and Habs so far this season. However, in four home games with the Panthers, the Czech winger has nailed in two goals in four games against Montreal.
When will Jaromir Jagr move to second?
It’s so difficult to judge when a player will score in the NHL, but it looks nearly certain that Jaromir Jagr will move to second in the NHL’s all-time top point scoring table within the next four games, in-front of the adoring Florida Panthers fans.
As a quick prediction, it looks like he’ll manage to score a point either against the Boston Bruins of the Detroit Red Wings. Jagr and his team mates will be gunning for him to get on the score sheet. His 1888th point will likely come as an assist, leading to some interesting celebrations – does the team bundle the goal scorer or the historical point? Most likely the latter.
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