Not slowing down
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Right wingers Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils and Jarome Iginla of the Boston Bruins have spent a combined 78 years on the Earth and 37 in the NHL, but there are some numbers that matter far more than those two.

The most important of them are 58 and 55, which represent the 2013-14 point total of Jagr and Iginla, respectively.

Here's another one that's significant: zero -- the number of games Jagr and Iginla have missed this season.

That's right, the ancient forwards have been on the ice for every one of their team's contests while skating at least 18 minutes per game apiece.

And despite playing a sport that includes constant energy-draining movement and frequent body-crunching contact, they've only gotten stronger lately.

Over his last 21 games, Jagr has generated 22 points, including nine goals, even though he played for the Czech Republic in the Sochi Olympics.

Iginla has been even more prolific, posting 12 goals and 26 points in his past 19 contests. Of course, he had several weeks to rest, as he was left off Team Canada's roster despite leading the 2010 Olympics with five goals and setting up Sidney Crosby's "Golden Goal" in the final against Team USA.

The selection committee was a little ageist if you ask me (it only took 38- year-old Martin St. Louis as an injury replacement), and fantasy owners may have been too. Neither Jagr or Iginla was drafted in the top 120 in leagues, and Jagr went outside the top 150.

On the season, Jagr's 22 goals (G), 36 assists (A), 38 penalty minutes (PIM), 15 power-play points (PPP), 174 shots on goal (SOG) and +15 rating make him the current No. 31 overall player.

Iginla sits at 21st with 25 G, 30 A, 40 PIM, 13 PPP and 185 SOG. His +30 goal differential is tied for fourth in the entire NHL.

Iginla will bring a five-game points streak into Tuesday's matchup with Jagr's Devils and has scored six goals during the streak, while Jagr just had a five- game streak come to an end Saturday at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The last time Boston and New Jersey met back on Oct. 26, Jagr and Iginla combined for five points in the Devils' 4-3 victory.

Jagr has 10 90-point seasons under his belt and Iginla has five with 80-plus, so to say they are getting better with age isn't exactly accurate, but they aren't withering away either.

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