Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins - 3/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (44-16-8) at Florida Panthers (34-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSFL, TVA
The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Boston Bruins look to keep the puck rolling here after winning seven of their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 30 goals, David Pastrnak has 41 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 103 goals on 1,242 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 61 goals on 744 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
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The Florida Panthers need a win here to stay in the playoff race after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 26 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 44 assists and Jonathan Huberdeau has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 66 goals on 893 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 103 goals on 1,102 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Bruins are 18-7 in their last 25 road games, 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 38-13 in their last 51 overall. The Panthers are 16-5 in their last 21 home games, 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Bruins are 20-8-2 in the last 30 meetings in Florida, 39-19-3 in the last 61 meetings and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Boston Bruins have owned the Florida Panthers over the years, winning five straight and eight of the last 10 meetings overall. The Bruins have also outscored the Panthers 12-3 in the last three meetings. However, the Panthers have been one of the hotter teams in the league the last month and have played their best hockey at home. In fact, the Panthers have lost just two home games since February and have lost back-to-back games overall just once during that span as well. I'm siding with the Florida Panthers on their home ice.