Boston Bruins (14-8-4) at Florida Panthers (10-10-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 4, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -114 / Boston Bruins -114 --- Over/Under:
The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Boston Bruins look for a strong road victory after splitting their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 28.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 19 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 17 assists and Brad Marchand has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 31 goals on 364 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 29 goals on 453 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Florida Panthers could also use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 12 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 22 assists and Evgenii Dadonov has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 23 goals on 234 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 48 goals on 450 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The Bruins are 17-4 in their last 21 Tuesday games, 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Panthers are 26-12 in their last 38 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 16-6 in the last 22 meetings in Florida and 25-8 in the last 33 meetings. The under is 15-5-1 in Bruins last 21 overall. The over is 7-3 in Panthers last 10 overall.
The Boston Bruins have owned the Florida Panthers in past meetings, but it's quite clear that these aren't the same Bruins from years past. The Panthers have played their best hockey by far at home and have actually been highly successful at home overall dating back towards the end of last season. The Panthers also should have some confidence after earning three points in back-to-back games against the Sabres and Lightning. In a near toss-up, I give the edge to Florida at home over a hot and cold Bruins squad.