Game Day: Panthers-Bruins

The Florida Panthers will try to get their second win in as many nights as they head to TD Garden to take on the Boston Bruins.

This will be the first time that Nathan Horton will play his former club since Florida traded him away on June 22nd along with Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, a first-round pick and a third-round pick. Since arriving in Boston, Horton has played 16 games for the Bruins where he has put up 15 points for the B’s. Campbell has added four points to his credit. As for Wideman, he has added 10 points for the Panthers and does play a huge role on their blueline.

Florida is currently coming off their third win in four games with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers Wednesday night. Tomas Vokoun made 37-saves for the Panthers, Stephen Weiss and Radek Dvorak both buried their fourth goals of the season in the win.

On the other hand, the Bruins are also coming off a win Wednesday night as they downed the New York Rangers 3-2. Tim Thomas made 34-saves in the win for his 9th victory of the season. Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi both scored for the Bruins. Tyler Seguin, the 2nd overall pick in this year’s Entry Draft also potted a goal for the Bruins, his 4th of the season.

Though the Bruins enter the game with a better overall record than the Panthers they know not to take them lightly. Florida has won nine of its last 12 games played at TD Garden. This is the first of four meeting this year between the two clubs. The teams split their four games last season, with the road team winning all four, both of the Panther wins last season were 1-0 victories. The Bruins have not scored on the Panthers at home since Feb. 24, 2009.

*Note: The Panthers have played the first 16-games of their schedule this season, and have yet to go to overtime, as all games have been decided in regulation.

Breakdown :

Boston Bruins: (10-5-1) (3-4-1 Home)
Florida Panthers: (8-8-0) (3-6-0 Away)

Power Play: BOS (18.0% 14th NHL) - FLA (9.8% 29th NHL)

Penalty Kill: BOS (88.1% 5th NHL) – FLA (85.7% 8th NHL)

GF /GA: BOS (47GF, 19th NHL / 31GA, 1st NHL) – FLA (46GF, 22nd NHL / 40GA, 5th NHL)

Key Injuries:

Boston Bruins: Marco Sturm (Right-Knee) , Marc Savard (Post-concussion symptoms) , Johnny Boychuk (Left-Forearm) , David Krejci (Concussion)

Florida Panthers: Steve Bernier (Right-Orbital bone) , Mark Cullen (Achilles) , David Booth (Knee)

*Booth is probable for tonight’s game.

Adam Reid
adam_mapleleafs@hotmail.com

3 Comments

Adam Reid's picture

Exactly Mike, I agree. Florida always seems to play a tight game, but trail off towards the end, or they start slow, then try hard, but finish up short. Their second period is pretty much a make it or break it period for them, hopefully they can step up tonight, but it will be a tough challenge.