Florida is averaging 3.48 goals per game for the season, fifth in the NHL. The visitors will face a tough challenge against a Bruins team that is allowing only 2.15 goals a game (1st).
Meanwhile, Boston has found the net 3.69 times a game on average, second in the league, and the Panthers are allowing opponents to score 3.35 goals per game (21st).
Florida averages more shots (36.6) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 9.6% shooting percentage ranks 23rd. Boston has been up to the task of stopping shots, ranking No. 1 with a team save percentage of .931%.
Look for several power play opportunities in this matchup, as the Panthers and Bruins have more penalties per game than most teams in the NHL. The Bruins have been penalized 4.43 times a game on average (28th), while the Panthers are averaging 4.76 penalties, most in the league.
The Bruins’ 22.53% power play percentage ranks 11th in the league, while the Panthers are 12th with a conversion rate of 21.95%. Boston has been more successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s highest PK% at 87.41%. Florida ranks 23rd at 75.66%.
With 109 points this season, seventh-most in the NHL, Matthew Tkachuk is the top skater for the Panthers. He is among the league leaders with 69 assists (5th) and has added 40 goals of his own. In the net, Sergei Bobrovsky (24-20-3) is Florida’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 3.07 GAA and a .901% save percentage. David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in scoring with 113 points (3rd in the league). He has 61 goals (2nd in the league) and 52 assists.
Linus Ullmark (40-6-1) has the best goals against average for Boston at 1.89, best in the league. He has a save percentage of .938%, also best.
HOME AND AWAY
Florida is 20-20-3 away from home this season. Boston is 35-5-3 at TD Garden this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Boston Bruins (-250)
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