Florida Panthers (43-30-8) at Boston Bruins (50-19-12)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -222 / Florida Panthers +175 --- Over/Under:
The Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins meet Sunday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Florida Panthers look to finish the season with a victory while adding to their four-game winning streak. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 30 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 51 assists and Jonathan Huberdeau has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 81 goals on 1,135 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 nine games.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 34 goals, David Pastrnak has 45 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 214 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 121 goals on 1,487 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 74 goals on 848 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Panthers are 17-7 in their last 24 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 23-10 in their last 33 overall. The Bruins are 21-6 in their last 27 home games, 2-7 in their last 9 Sunday games and 43-20 in their last 63 overall. The Panthers are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Boston, 7-25 in the last 32 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Florida Panthers have been playing well for the last couple of months, but they were bounced from the playoff race with the Fyers beating the Rangers Saturday afternoon. This would have been a good spot to take a stab with the plus money, but now the Panthers could probably care less about ending the season on the end of a back to back in Boston. Being eliminated this late in the season is a real shot in the gut to players. The Boston Bruins are still chasing to top spot in the East and need to keep building momentum for a playoff run. The Bruins win this game on their home ice.