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Panthers' top scorer Jagr out with flu vs. Islanders

by Brian Compton

PANTHERS (14-12-4) at ISLANDERS (18-8-5)


NEW YORK -- Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr will not play against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Tuesday because of the flu.

Jagr, 43, leads the Panthers with 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 28 games this season. His next goal will give him 732 in the NHL, one more than Marcel Dionne for fourth on the all-time list. Jagr tied Dionne last Thursday in a 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals.

With Jagr unable to play, the Panthers recalled forward Rocco Grimaldi from Portland of the American Hockey League. Grimaldi has one goal in 10 games for Florida this season and nine points (four goals, five assists) in 13 AHL games.

"He's your top scorer," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said of Jagr. "Maybe one of the kids will have two or three goals tonight, who knows?"

Islanders forward Ryan Strome will return to the lineup after missing a 4-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday because of an upper-body injury. Strome has three goals and seven assists in 20 games.

New York is 8-0-2 in its past 10 games and has moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

"Hopefully I can just come back in and do what I've been doing," Strome said. "The team's on a pretty good roll right now, so you've got to keep going."

Here are the projected lineups:


Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Reilly Smith

Brandon Pirri - Vincent Trocheck - Jussi Jokinen

Quinton Howden - Rocco Grimaldi - Logan Shaw

Connor Brickley - Corban Knight - Shawn Thornton

Willie Mitchell - Brian Campbell

Dmitry Kulikov - Erik Gudbranson

Dylan Olsen - Aaron Ekblad

Roberto Luongo

Al Montoya

Injured: Steven Kampfer (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (upper body), Alex Petrovic (lower body), Derek MacKenzie (lower body)

Scratched:���Jaromir Jagr (flu)


Brock Nelson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Josh Bailey

Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail GrabovskiRyan Strome

Matt Martin - Casey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Calvin de Haan - Johnny Boychuk

Nick LeddyTravis Hamonic

Thomas HickeyMarek Zidlicky

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Injured: Jean-Francois Berube (lower body)

Scratched: Steve Bernier, Eric Boulton, Brian Strait

Status report: The Panthers sent center Dave Bolland to Portland of the AHL on a conditioning assignment Tuesday. Bolland has one goal and four assists in 25 games. "Obviously, you want him to play better," Gallant said. "You want him to work hard, you want him to compete harder, you want him to get involved, scoring some points and playing a good, solid all-around game. It's just something to try and jumpstart him, I guess." … Halak gets the start after Greiss made 27 saves for his first shutout with the Islanders on Sunday.

Who's hot: Pirri has a goal and two assists during a three-game point streak. Ekblad has two goals and two assists over the past four games, and Smith has two goals in the past three. … Okposo has two goals and three assists over a three-game point streak.


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