Jaromir Jagr is having a big season so far with the Dallas Stars. Even at age 41, he’s part of a club of older players who are continuing to play spectacularly despite being over the age of 35 (see also Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, among others) and he’s putting up big dividends for the team that is sometimes called Big D.
Right now, he leads the entire team in goals scored with 10 and total points with 18. He’s a little further down the list in terms of assists, though. If he manages to score nine more goals this season–I think that’s a pretty safe bet–he’ll match his goal-scoring output from last season, when he played 73 games.
Against Dallas’ opponent this evening, the Nashville Predators, Jagr has a career line of five goals and 15 assists in 15 games played–yes, he’s better than a point-per-game guy when it’s the Preds on the other end.
Better yet, though, he’s streaking. In the past four Dallas games, he’s scored a total of five goals, including a two-goal showing as the Stars took a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on March 7. Not only is he scoring goals right and left right now, he’s found the back of the net while Dallas was on the power play once in the past three consecutive games. That kind of production has helped the Stars put up a respectable 19.5 percent efficiency on the man advantage, good for 10th place in the entire league.
As the Stars start up a home stand of four games in a row, then a little two-game road trip and five more matches in the American Airlines Center, Jagr needs to keep producing at a high clip. The Western Conference playoff race is so tightly-packed right now–save for the spots at the very top occupied by the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks–that it’s like one of those rush-hour subway train cars in Tokyo. The more points the Stars can get, the better, considering they’re in 10th place right now and would like to actually make the playoffs.