The NHL is back in action this evening as the Boston Bruins will go head to head with the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins head into this game after a 4-0 away loss to the Lightning. On the other hand, the Panthers are on the wings of a stunning 2-1 home win over the Predators.
Boston Bruins Form
The Bruins still have a good chance to win the division. Also, Boston will be part of the postseason, however, their recent form has not been so good. The Bruins have lost their last two games in a row and five of their last nine. Boston away form stands at 22-18 for the year and they have averaged 2.95 goals per game and have concede 2.80 goals per game in those games.
The Bruins have been in a good in the offensive part of the game. They are ranked 5th in the league in scoring at 3.27 goals per game, converting on 23.2% of their chances. At the defensive side of the game, they have been good, and they go into this game ranked 3rd in goals allowed, letting in an average of 2.56 goals per game, allowing their opponents to convert on 16.8% of their chances.
Florida Panthers Form
The Panthers are still chasing a place for the postseason. They have surprised many of us by beating the powerful Nashville Predators at home by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night. Florida have no option but to win all of their remaining games and to hope that their opponents lose their last two games. It is a very unlikely scenario, but they will give their best until the end but they will fight to the end. The Panthers home form this years is 25-14 here and they have averaged 3.26 goals per game and have allowed 2.85 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Panthers have been above average as they are placed on the 15th spot in the league in scoring at 2.96 goals per game, while also converting on 19.1% of their chances. At the defensive side of the game, they have been below average as they are 18th in the number of goals allowed, letting in an average of 2.99 goals per game, allowing the opposing the teams to convert on 19.2% of their chances.
The Florida Panthers need to win this game in order to keep their hopes alive for a playoff spot. On the other side, the Bruins need to win this game in order to maintain their hopes of winning the division title. They have been through a mini-crisis lately and after the 4-0 loss of the Lightning, I think that this is the game in which they will bounce back. Their record is also impressive as they stand at 15-5 in their last 21 away games against Florida
I believe that the Bruins will win this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers on 4/5/2018 is: Take the Boston Bruins -125 (money line bet)
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