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Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers - 3/30/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, MA
The Line
Boston Bruins -286 / Florida Panthers +220 -- O/U: 6
TV Channel
SN One, NESN, FS-Florida, NHL
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The Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.

The Florida Panthers will look to build on a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in their last outing. Evgenii Dadonov opened the scoring for the Panthers just :30 into the game but Ottawa would tie it up heading into the 2nd period. Troy Brouwer gave the Panthers the lead and Jonathan Huberdeau extended the lead for Florida with goals 3:56 apart, taking a 3-1 lead into the 3rd. Ottawa pulled a goal back, but that’s as close as the Sens got as Dryden Hunt and the aforementioned Huberdeau each buried on an empty net to secure the win for Florida. Roberto Luongo got the win to improve to 16-16-4 after stopping 28 of 30 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Boston Bruins will look to build on a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers in their last outing. David Pastrnak opened up Boston’s scoring just 2:48 into the game but the Rangers would tie the game in the later stages of the opening period. Pastrnak scored his 2nd of the game with the lone marker of the 2nd period and Jake DeBrusk pushed the lead to 3-1 early in the 3rd. New York pulled a goal back but Pastrnak would complete his hat trick just after the midway point of the 3rd period. Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy scored :49 apart to put the game out of reach at 6-2. New York pulled one back, but it was too little too late as Boston held on comfortably for the win. Jaroslav Halak got the win to improve to 21-10-4 on the year after stopping 20 of 23 shots faced in the winning effort.

Florida is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the Eastern Conference. Boston is 20-6 in their last 26 games overall and 44-20 in their last 64 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Florida is 9-27 in the last 36 meetings between these two teams and 5-17 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

Florida is simply trying to play spoiler at this point, and I use the word trying because most of their wins are coming against teams outside of the playoff picture and Florida has had trouble taking a step up in competition lately. Boston is priming up for their first round playoff series right now and get to feast on a Panthers team that the B’s have pretty much owned for the better part of the last decade. I’ll side with Boston for the win here and to cancel out some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with Boston on the puck line.

Pick:
Boston -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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