The Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins meet Sunday in game 7 of the NHL East First Round Playoffs at the TD Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.67 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Matthew Tkachuk leads Florida with 5 goals, Carter Verhaeghe has 5 assists and Sam Bennett has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 60.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alex Lyon has given up 9 goals on 92 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 14 goals on 120 shots.
The Boston Bruins are averaging 4 goals per game and are scoring on 39.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads Boston with 5 goals, Dmitry Orlov has 6 assists and David Pastrnak has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 3.67 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up 20 goals on 192 shots faced, and Jeremy Swayman has allowed 0 goals on 1 shot.
The Panthers are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 42-9 in their last 51 home games and 65-19 in their last 84 overall. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 overall. The under is 10-3-1 in Bruins last 14 home games. The Panthers are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Boston and 17-36 in the last 53 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I'm staying away from the side in this game and rolling with the over. As the series plays out, both teams are getting more comfortable and the offensive numbers are climbing. Through the 6 games of this series overall, we're seeing an average of 7.66 goals per game. Friday alone, we saw a combined 12 goals and 67 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky scares the hell out of me, and only Andrei Vasilevskiy has a worse save percentage these playoffs for a goalie who has faced at least 100 shots. Give me the over.