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Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins - 4/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins (49-18-12) at Florida Panthers (41-30-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers +109 / Boston Bruins -120 --- Over/Under: 6 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 play spoiler here after splitting their last 12 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 34 goals, David Pastrnak has 45 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 118 goals on 1,452 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 74 goals on 848 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in five of their last eight games.

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Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins - 4/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Panthers need a win to stay in the playoff race after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 30 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 51 assists and Jonathan Huberdeau has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 79 goals on 1,107 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 115 goals on 1,297 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Panthers are 19-7 in their last 26 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Central and 21-10 in their last 31 overall. The Bruins are 15-3 in their last 18 Tuesday games, 17-4 in their last 21 vs. Atlantic and 43-18 in their last 61 overall.

We're getting plus money with a Florida Panthers squad that needs to pretty much win out in order to have any chance of sneaking into the playoffs. The Panthers have been rock solid at home in the second half of the season and have found ways to win tough games down the stretch. The Boston Bruins have been as consistent as they come all season long, but the value is with the Panthers at this price given that they need the win in the worst way.

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