Florida Panthers (4-2-3) at Boston Bruins (7-6-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 4, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -210 / Florida Panthers +190 --- Over/Under: 5
FSFL, NESN, TVA
The Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins play Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
The Florida Panthers have won four of their last six games and are quietly making progress in the Atlantic. The Panthers are being led by terrific defense that’s allowing just 1.9 goals per game. Much of the Panthers goals allowed come on the power play, as they’ve allowed at least one power play goal in three or their last four games. The Florida Panthers have won five of their last eight games when allowing two or less goals. Al Montoya has allowed one goal on 38 shots and Roberto Luongo has allowed 16 goals on 239 shots faced. The Panthers offense is what’s holding them back, as they’re averaging just 1.6 goals per game. Brandon Pirri leads Florida with three goals, Jussi Jokinen has five assists and Nick Bjugstad has 28 shots on goal. This game will be a measuring stick game for the somewhat surprising Panthers.
The Boston Bruins have won five of their last seven games and are in the thick of the Atlantic race. The Bruins are getting a consistent dose of offense with at least three goals in eight of their last nine games. The Boston Bruins have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with four goals, Carl Soderberg has seven assists and Dougie Hamilton has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins have allowed just four goals in their last two games and have allowed just one power play goal in their last five games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed seven goals on 117 shots and Tuukka Rask has allowed 24 goals on 246 shots faced. The Bruins hope this game will be the start of better success at home, as they’re just 2-4 in front of their home fans.
The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 23-54 in their last 77 road games. The Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic and 36-15 in their last 51 home games. The Panthers are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Boston and 6-20 in the last 26 meetings overall.
How can you not like the Florida Panthers at this price? The Panthers are playing decent hockey, while the Bruins haven't exactly been great on their home ice lately. The Panthers are looking like one of the more improved teams early on with either a win or overtime game in their last six contests. I'll take my chances here with the plus money.