Boston Bruins (36-24-11) at Florida Panthers (32-25-14)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 21, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Florida Panthers +102 / Boston Bruins -113 --- Over/Under: 5
The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers square off Saturday night at the BB&T Center.
The Boston Bruins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have one power play goal in their last five games and have won six of their last eight when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 22 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 30 assists and Loui Eriksson has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Tuukka Rask has allowed 133 goals on 1,720 shots faced and Niklas Svedberg has given up 32 goals on 400 shots.
The Florida Panthers need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have two power play goals in their last five games and have won five of their last six when scoring at least three goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 24 goals, Brad Boyes has 22 assists and Aaron Ekblad has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 119 goals on 1,522 shots and Dan Ellis has given up 13 goals on 166 shots.
The Bruins are 51-22 in their last 73 vs. a team with a losing record and 13-6 in their last 19 vs. Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 24-57 in their last 81 games following a win and 11-31 in their last 42 Saturday games. The Bruins are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Florida and 21-6 in the last 27 meetings overall.
The Panthers need this game if they're going to get back in the playoff race. When you add the fact they're getting plus money at home, I'll take my chances here.