Forward missed final two periods Saturday because of sore groin
SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is expected to be on the ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning at BB&T Center on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, SUN, NHL.TV).
Jagr was a full participant in the morning skate Monday. He left the Panthers’ 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday after the first period because of cramping in his groin.
“[Jagr] is fine,” Gallant said. “He just had a charley horse and felt a lot better yesterday. He skated last night by himself and then he’s ready to go.”
Jagr has one goal and five points in 12 games this season
“He knows what it takes and he gets himself ready to play,” Gallant said. “He knows that body and when you’re , there are going to be aches and pains. He works real hard to get back to play the game.”
There was more good news for the Panthers on Monday. Left wing Jussi Jokinen could return to the lineup against the San Jose Sharks at BB&T Center on Thursday. Jokinen, who will miss his ninth straight game because of a lower-body injury, took part in the morning skate. He last played Oct. 20.
“[Jokinen] is not playing tonight but he’ll be back in the near future for sure,” Gallant said. “He had a good skate today. He’s been skating the last week and a half so he’s ready to play. He’ll probably play on Thursday, but I’ll know more today.”
The Panthers have missed Jokinen, who has two assists in four games. Last season he led the Panthers with 42 assists, and his 60 points were second to Jagr’s 66.
“He does everything,” Gallant said. “He plays on the top line, he kills penalties, he plays power play. So he’ll be a good guy to get back for sure.”