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#19 Florida Panthers 6 vs.
#20 Boston Bruins -165
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
TD Garden, Boston
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of Atlantic Division teams take the ice up in Beantown. The Florida Panthers are on the road again as they travel to face the Boston Bruins Tuesday night. Florida earned a 6-5 shootout win over the Rangers on the road Sunday afternoon in the second game of a back to back. Boston was dropped 3-2 in a shootout by Philadelphia at home Sunday in their previous contest. The teams have split their last 10 meetings with the Panthers skating to a 4-1 road victory in the most recent matchup on March 30, 2019.

Florida Panthers Close Out Three-Game Trip

Florida battled through the Big Apple over the weekend, falling 2-1 to the Islanders before bouncing back with their shootout win over the Rangers. The Panthers hope to finish the trip on a positive note: they are tied with Montreal for third in the Atlantic Division, four points behind Boston. Florida is tied for 4th in the league in scoring as they average 3.53 goals per contest this season. The Panthers have had their issues defensively, ranking tied for 26th by allowing 3.53 goals per contest. Florida is 8th in power play success as they convert 22.6 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Panthers are 12th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 83 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.

Against the Rangers, the Panthers had none of the problems they had against the Islanders in regards to putting the puck in the net. Florida also struggled to keep it out of their own net, hence the high-scoring affair. The Panthers owned an 18-9 edge in shots in the opening period and took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room. After falling behind 1-0, Aleksander Barkov tied the game with his fifth of the season at 18:13 with the lone assist going to Evgenii Dadonov. Thirty seconds later, at 18:43, it was Dominic Toninato with his first of the year to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead: Dryden Hunt and Mackenzie Weegar drew the assists. The second period saw Florida outshot 10-8 and outscored 4-2 to trail 5-4 after 40 minutes of play. After the Rangers tied the game, Dadonov gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead with his eighth of the year, on the power play, at 4:42 off assists from Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. The Rangers scored the next two to go up 4-3 before Frank Vatrano knotted the game with his fifth of the year at 8:30 off an assist from Dadonov. New York countered with another marker to take the one-goal lead to the dressing room. In the third period, the Panthers were outshot 11-7 but scored the lone goal to force overtime. Brian Boyle’s third of the year off assists from Keith Yandle and Mike Hoffman at 7:01 tied things up and forced overtime. Florida was outshot 4-2 in the overtime but neither team scored, setting up the shootout. In the shootout, Vincent Trocheck bagged the winner to give the Panthers the victory. Samuel Montembeault made 29 saves in the win for the Panthers, who held a 35-34 edge in shots. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be in net for the Panthers in this one.

Boston Bruins Look to Regain Their Footing

Boston suffered a third straight loss as they were upended by Philadelphia in a shootout Sunday night. The Bruins look to regain their footing and regroup: they entered Monday with a three-point edge on Toronto in the Atlantic Division standings. Boston is tied for 4th in goals for as they average 3.53 goals per game this season. The Bruins are tied for second in the league by allowing 2.41 goals per contest on the year. Boston is first in power play percentage as they convert 29.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Bruins are 9th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 84.6 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

The Bruins rallied after a slow start to end up with a point but couldn’t do enough to get the second one in the contest. Boston was outshot 14-5 in the opening period by a Philadelphia team playing the second game of a back to back and found themselves down 2-0 after 20 minutes. In the second period, the Bruins were outshot 6-5 with neither team lighting the lamp, leaving the score 2-0 heading to the third period. The final stanza saw Boston turn up the pressure as they outshot Philadelphia 17-7 and scored the two goals in the period to tie the score. Danton Heinen got the Bruins on the board with his fourth of the year at 5:59 off assists from Charlie Coyle and Zdeno Chara to make it a 2-1 game. Later in the period, Brad Marchand tallied his 11th of the year at 12:22 off an assist from Matt Grzelcyk. In the overtime, the Bruins were outshot 2-1 with neither side scoring to send the game to the shootout. Boston came up empty in the shootout while Joel Farabee scored for the Flyers, giving the visitors the victory. Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves for the Bruins in the loss. Boston was outshot 29-28 in the game: Tuukka Rask is expected to be the starting goaltender in this one.

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Florida has climbed in the Atlantic Division standings but it’s tough to have a ton of faith in Bobrovsky right now. He comes in 6-3-4 with a 3.39 GAA and an unimpressive .884 save percentage on the year. On the year, he has six quality starts in his 14 outings but has turned in five really bad starts. His save percentage at even strength is only .880 on the year. Meanwhile, even with a couple of losses lately, Rask is still 7-2-1 with a 1.99 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Boston plays tough in their own zone and doesn’t give up a high volume of good scoring chances. The Bruins are eager to get back on track and they take advantage of a Florida team playing their third game in four nights here to pick up two points.

Prediction: Boston Bruins -170

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Boston has been playing well, even with going 0-2-1 in their last three games. The Bruins are tough at home and they are second in the league in goals against this season. Boston has been extremely tough at home as they average 3.89 goals per game compared to 3.13 a game on the road. The Bruins are suffocating defensively, allowing only 1.78 goals per game compared to their 3.13 goal per game mark on the road. Florida scores 3.36 goals per game on the road, which is lower than their mark at home: can the Panthers find a way to crack the stingy Bruins' defense?

The over is 5-1 in the Panthers' last six games on the road this season. Boston has seen the over go 6-2 in their last eight contests against Atlantic Division teams. With Bobrovsky continuing to struggle, look for Boston to capitalize and light the lamp with regularity. The Bruins help push this one over the total.

Prediction: Over 6
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.