The Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins meet in game one of their Eastern Conference First Round series in NHL action from the TD Garden on Monday. Let’s dive into the odds, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
Boston is a -225 home favorite while Florida is listed as a +185 road underdog. The total for this game is set at 6 goals.
Florida’s 4-3 OT win back on January 28th, 2023, made it four straight meetings without back-to-back winners in this head-to-head matchup.
Florida is 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 division games while the under is 2-0-3 in their last 5 road games. Boston is 43-9 in their last 52 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 conference quarterfinal games.
I’m rolling with the Bruins here. Boston didn’t just fluke into the President’s Trophy, and while the trophy could be considered a curse in past seasons, something just feels different about this Boston team. The Panthers had a lot of question marks in goal in a lot of their games down the stretch and I don’t trust it here against the NHL’s best, who won both meetings in Boston in the regular season this year. Give me the Bruins.