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 StreakBoston 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 StreakFlorida 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.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are:
- Bruins are 8-3 in their last 11 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Bruins are 10-4 in their last 14 games as a road favorite.
- Bruins are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic.
- Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Panthers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.