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Jagr one point from surpassing Howe

Panthers forward aims to become NHL's lone No. 3 all-time scorer

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

PANTHERS (36-20-8) at COYOTES (27-31-6)

TV: 9 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-A, NHL.TV

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jaromir Jagr needs one point to pass Gordie Howe and move into sole possession of third place on the NHL's all-time scoring list when the Florida Panthers play the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Jagr is looking for the 1,851st point of his career and will play in his 1,612th NHL game Saturday, tying Ray Bourque for ninth place on that all-time list.



"If you are a good player, you should pay attention to the history of hockey and who played before you," Jagr said Saturday. "Without those guys, we wouldn't be playing right now. You see the names and where you are, but after the season is over, I will have more time to think about it.

"Right now, the goal is to feel good for the next game."

Jagr will have a new linemate Saturday. Jiri Hudler is expected to play with Jagr and center Aleksander Barkov for the first time since being traded to Florida by the Calgary Flames.

If Jagr gets his point tonight, only Wayne Gretzky (2,857) and Mark Messier (1,887) will have more points in the NHL.

Arizona has lost seven straight games, been outscored 11-1 in the past two losses and is looking for defensive consistency.

Arizona will be without forward Max Domi, serving a one-game suspension for an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of regulation in a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

The Coyotes will have two veterans back in the lineup and another making his Arizona debut.

Center Boyd Gordon returns after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Zbynek Michalek is back after missing the game against the Ducks with a lower-body injury. Forward Alex Tanguay, acquired from Colorado six days ago, will play his first game after sitting out Thursday.

"Boyd is excited to play and Alex got through a whole practice [Friday] and says he's good to go," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said.

The Coyotes will go back to Louis Domingue in goal after rookie Niklas Treutle allowed five goals on 16 shots in his first NHL start Thursday. The Coyotes sent Treutle back to Springfield of the American Hockey League on Friday and called up Marek Langhamer.

If Langhammer plays, he would be the fifth goalie to play for Arizona this season.

Domingue, who replaced Treutle in the third period Thursday, has lost eight of his past 11 starts and allowed six goals in his prior start, a 6-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. 

Here are the projected lineups:


Jiri Hudler - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr

Jussi Jokinen - Vincent Trocheck - Reilly Smith

Logan Shaw - Nick Bjugstad - Teddy Purcell                      

Garrett Wilson - Kyle Rau - Shawn Thornton

Dmitry Kulikov -Aaron Ekblad

Brian Campbell - Erik Gudbranson

Jakub Kindl - Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

Al Montoya

Scratches: Shawn Thornton, Quinton Howden, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Mark Savard, Dave Bolland, Willie Mitchell


Tobias Rieder - Martin Hanzal - Jiri Sekac

Alex Tanguay - Antoine Vermette - Anthony Duclair

Jordan Martinook - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan

Kyle Chipchura - Boyd Gordon - Sergei Plotnikov

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy

Kevin Connauton - Zbynek Michalek

Niklas Grossmann - Michael Stone

Louis Domingue

Marek Langhamer

Injured: Mike Smith (abdominal surgery), Anders Lindback (Achilles' surgery), Joe Vitale (fractured orbital bone).

Suspended: Max Domi

Scratched: Craig Cunningham, Klas Dahlbeck, Jarred Tinordi, Viktor Tikhonov

Status report: With Hudler jumping up to play with the top line, the Trocheck line is expected to remain intact. … Tanguay will play with Vermette and Duclair in the top six with Domi out. … The Coyotes had hoped to have Mike Smith back from abdominal surgery by this time. He is skating, but is now almost 12 weeks into what was supposed to be an 8-10 week recovery period.

Who's hot: Jokinen has a six-game point streak (seven assists). He has 21 road points, the most of any Panther. … Duclair has four goals and nine points in the past eight home games.

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