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#45 Boston Bruins vs.
#46 Florida Panthers
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
BB&T Center, Sunrise
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Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers

Where: PPG Paints Arena

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:00 pm ET

We have an Atlantic Division matchup to consider for Saturday evening when the first-place Boston Bruins meet the fifth-place Florida Panthers for game two of their four-game season series. The Bruins lost game one of this series and enter this contest hoping to end a five-game losing streak. Florida defeated the Bruins by a score of 5-4 and entered this matchup looking to end a two-game losing streak.

Bruins Five Game Losing Streak

Boston is riding the struggle bus and has dropped five straight games to Chicago, Colorado, Ottawa, Washington, and Tampa Bay. The Bruins have been outscored 19-10, and both sides of that number aren’t anywhere near the amount the Bruins have put up this season. Boston has an eight-point lead over the Buffalo Sabres in the Atlantic Division standings and eleven points over the Panthers, but both teams are quickly gaining on the Bruins.

The Bruins power-play unit is third in the NHL with a 26 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is twelfth in the National Hockey League with an 82.8 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Tuukka Rask will likely start in goal for the Bruins, and he’s 13-4-3 this season with a 2.24 GAA along with a 92 percent save percentage. Rask stopped 28 of 31 shots in a 3-2 road loss to Tampa Bay for his third consecutive loss in as many starts.

Panthers Two Game Winning Streak

Florida has lost three of its last five games and three of the past six on what will be game seven of a nine-game Panthers homestand. Wins against Nashville, Columbus, and San Jose were marred by losses to Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and the New York Islanders. You need to play better than .500 hockey at home, and Florida is still 9-6-2 at home this season. This is a big game for the Panthers.

The Panthers power-play unit is seventh in the NHL with a 22.7 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is twenty-second in the National Hockey League with an 83.3 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Sergei Bobrovsky is likely patrolling the cage on Saturday, and he’s 11-8-4 this season with a 3.14 GAA alongside an 89 percent save percentage. Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 29 shots on goal in a 3-1 home loss to the Islanders for his second consecutive loss in as many tries.

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I like Boston in this matchup. They are too good to score only ten goals over the past five games, and even though they are up against a reliable goaltender, they are going to bust loose on Saturday night. Especially if they get a couple of power-play chances, Florida isn’t that great at home and has two consecutive games, and I suspect they will lose their third in a row to Boston in this matchup. I will play the Bruins to win this game.

Prediction: Boston

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I will play the OVER in this one. I think Boston scores at least four goals because the Panthers spend at least seven minutes in the sin bin per night, and that will be enough for one of the best power-play units in hockey to go after one of the worst penalty kill units. I expect a 4-3 game because Rask has been struggling too, and I expect Florida and their power play to get a couple of cracks at Rask. I will play OVER in this matchup.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.