The Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins meet Wednesday in game 2 of the NHL East First Round Playoffs at the TD Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Florida Panthers are averaging 1 goal per game and are scoring on 0 percent of their power play opportunities. Matthew Tkachuk leads Florida with 1 goal, Aaron Ekblad has 4 shots on goal Anthony Duclair has 3 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alex Lyon has given up 3 goals on 29 shots faced.
The Boston Bruins are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 1 goal, Tyler Bertuzzi has 2 assists and Dmitry Orlov has 5 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 1 goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up 1 goal on 32 shots faced.
The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 44-9 in their last 53 home games and 63-16 in their last 79 overall. The under is 5-2-4 in Panthers last 11 overall. The under is 18-6-2 in Bruins last 26 home games. The Panthers are 6-20 in the last 26 meetings in Boston and 15-36 in the last 51 meetings. The favorite is 37-18 in the last 55 meetings. The home team is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
The Florida Panthers didn’t play bad in their game 1 loss, they just gave away dumb penalties and couldn’t finish their shots despite 32 attempts. The Panthers can take good away from their loss. The issue is the Bruins have been too consistent to bet against this season, and you kind of have to keep riding the money train until the tickets stop cashing. Also, Patrice Bergeron may be back for this game, which doesn’t hurt the home team. Give me the Bruins and the PL for max betting value.