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Jagr returns to Flames lineup against Canucks

Forward, 45, missed six games with lower-body injury

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Forward Jaromir Jagr will return to the lineup when the Calgary Flames host the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP, NHL.TV).

Jagr, 45, has missed the past six games with a lower-body injury. He has two assists in five games with the Flames, who signed him to a one-year, $1 million contract on Oct. 2.

Jagr is the second-leading point scorer in NHL history with 1,916, behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857); is the League's third-leading all-time goal-scorer (765), ranks fourth in games played (1,716) and fifth in assists (1,151).

"[I'm] a little bit scared not to reinjure it again," Jagr said at the morning skate Tuesday. "That would be kind of sad for me, especially on a new team. It's just part of hockey, part of sports.

"It wasn't the way I planned it, no question about it. Last year I didn't miss any games. ... It's a little frustrating." 

Jagr will play right wing on a line with left wing Sam Bennett, 21, and center Mark Jankowski, 23, whose combined ages are 44, one year younger than Jagr.

"Obviously he's one of the best players to ever play the game," Jankowski said. "It's going to be pretty good, obviously. He's a great player. It'll be really easy to gain chemistry with him out there. You just have to go play your game and hopefully we can build off each other's game and create some offense out there."

Jankowski (6-foot-4, 202 pounds) said he is looking forward to getting some playing tips from Jagr (6-3, 230).

"Obviously I'm a big body too and I like to use my body and my long stick to protect pucks a lot like him," Jankowski said. "I can just really look at him and really gain some knowledge on what he's doing, talk to him and watching him practice and stuff like that. I think our games will definitely work well together."

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