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Jagr to debut with Panthers against Sabres

by Staff

SABRES (19-38-5) at PANTHERS (26-22-13)


Season series: The Florida Panthers have earned seven of a possible eight points in four games against the Buffalo Sabres. Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo has two shutouts this season, each coming against Buffalo.

Sabres team scope: Coach Ted Nolan may have to do some lineup juggling. Forward Tyler Ennis didn't skate at practice Friday after missing a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Tyson Strachan, out for three games with an infection, did skate. Each made the trip to Florida, but Nolan wouldn't say whether either would play. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov, a healthy scratch for the past three games after missing a team meeting, is expected to play; the Sabres returned Mark Pysyk to Rochester of the American Hockey League.

Panthers team scope: Florida will have Jaromir Jagr in the lineup after acquiring him from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. The Panthers hope Jagr can boost an offense that has struggled to score all season and generated little in a 3-0 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Coach Gerard Gallant, who said after practice that he played against Jagr before retiring in 1995, said he wasn't sure where the 43-year-old would play, but it would be on one of the top two lines. "You can find a place for him on our roster somewhere, for sure," Gallant said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "We all know what he is. He's an older guy, still a really good hockey player. I think he brings some credibility to our hockey club, and he's going to be a real good fit for our group." The Panthers will be without center Dave Bolland (upper body), who could be headed to injured reserve to make room on the roster for Jagr. Forward Derek MacKenzie, who was hit by a puck Thursday, took a maintenance day.

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