Bruins vs. Panthers - 3/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (35-26-15) at Boston Bruins (38-25-13)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, NESN
The Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins square off Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
The Florida Panthers need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have three power play goals in their last two games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 24 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 36 assists and Aaron Ekblad has 158 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Dan Ellis has allowed 15 goals on 193 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 128 goals on 1,624 shots.
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The Boston Bruins need a win after splitting their last four games. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have three power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last seven when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 22 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 32 assists and Loui Eriksson has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Tuukka Rask has allowed 142 goals on 1,834 shots faced and Niklas Svedberg 35 goals on 425 shots.
The Panthers are 14-37 in their last 51 games following a win and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and 6-20 in the last 26 meetings overall.
This might as well be a playoff game with both teams fighting for the last spot in the East. I've been on the Panthers all season long, and they're playing better hockey as of late. I like Florida to get that much closer to making the postseason.