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At age 43, Panthers' Jagr defying Father Time

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At age 43, Panthers' Jagr defying Father Time

It's fair to say that at 43 years old, Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is defying even his own body clock. 

Entering tonight's game against the Capitals at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. (7 p.m., CSN pregame), Jagr leads the Panthers with 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 25 games.

“He defies everything,” Trotz said. “When he was in Dallas (in 2012-13), if he didn’t have a good game he’d get the key to the rink and he’d turn on the lights and he’d be out there for two or three hours, after he played 20 minutes.

“That’s probably a long way from where he started as a young player. I remember him as a young player and he wouldn’t wear shoulder pads in practice and sort of go through the motions and rely on his pure talent.

“What I like about Jaromir is that as he’s gotten older he’s continued to keep the boy in his game. He enjoys it and I think his training and how much he loves the game and the way he performs in the games is pretty remarkable.”

Jagr’s offensive numbers are historic. Despite playing three seasons in Russia’s KHL, he is one goal away from tying Marcel Dionne for fourth on the NHL’s all-time goals list (731). Jagr ranks fourth in points (1,822), sixth in assists (1,092) and 10th in games played (1,575).    

“If he wouldn’t have left for the KHL he would have been testing Gordie Howe’s records,” Trotz said. “That’s pretty amazing. You could probably mark in another 120 or 130 goals to what he has already and that’s a pretty remarkable career. 

“And who says he’s not going to play for another six years? People thought maybe 10 years ago he might not be able to play and he’s come back and it’s pretty remarkable. He’s a Hall of Fame guy for sure but his numbers are pretty staggering.”

MORE CAPITALS: Trotz moves into Top 10 in NHL victories

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

CAPITALS-SABRES OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.