Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (42-13-12) at Florida Panthers (33-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under:
The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after wining 14 of their last 17 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.1 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 47 goals, Brad Marchand has 56 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 81 goals on 1,129 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 72 goals on 872 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in 12 of their last 17 games.
The Florida Panthers need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 27 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 55 assists and Evgenii Dadonov has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 151 goals on 1,505 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 39 goals on 356 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 18 of their last 22 games.
The Bruins are 18-7 in the last 25 meetings in Florida and 35-16 in the last 51 meetings. The favorite is 31-15 in the last 46 meetings. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Florida. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Florida Panthers look like a team that's accepted this is another lost season with failed expectations, and I don't expect the play to improve from here on out. The Panthers are playing with zero energy at the moment. The Boston Bruins remain one of the more consistent teams in the league and have a defense that allows little to nothing most nights. I want nothing to do with the Florida Panthers. Give me the Bruins and the PL for maximum value.