Boston is averaging 3.66 goals per game for the season, second in the NHL, and they are taking on a Panthers team that is allowing 3.32 goals a game (21st).
Meanwhile, Florida has found the net 3.49 times a game on average, fifth in the league, and will be looking to break through the Bruins’ stout defense, which is holding opponents to a league-best 2.15 goals per game.
Florida averages more shots (36.5) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 9.6% shooting percentage ranks 23rd. Boston has been the league’s best shot-stopping team, ranking No. 1 with a team save percentage of .931%.
Don’t be surprised to see a few power play opportunities for the Bruins, as the Panthers have been penalized 4.72 times a game, second-most in the NHL, for an average of 12.38 minutes (third-highest). The visitors are averaging 4.39 penalties (sixth) and 11.05 penalty minutes a game (8th).
The Bruins’ 22.15% power play percentage ranks 11th in the league, while the Panthers are 12th with a conversion rate of 21.91%. Boston has been equally successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s highest PK% at 87.59%. Florida ranks 23rd at 76.00%.
With 113 points this season, third-most in the NHL, David Pastrnak is the top skater for the Bruins. He is among the league leaders with 61 goals (2nd) and has added 52 assists. In the net, Linus Ullmark (40-6-1) is Boston’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 1.89 GAA, best in the league, and a .938% save percentage, also best.Matthew Tkachuk leads the Panthers in scoring with 109 points (7th in the league).
He has 40 goals and 69 assists (5th) in 79 games. Sergei Bobrovsky (24-20-3) has the best goals against average for Florida at 3.07. He has a save percentage of .901%.
HOME AND AWAY
Boston is 32-8-2 away from home this season. Florida is 23-14-5 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Boston Bruins (-155)
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