Bruins Set to Take On Panthers

Thursday night the Boston Bruins will take on an opponent after losing a game for the first time since November 1. The Bruins lost to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night by a score of 2-1, and now tomorrow night they will be taking on the Southeast division leading Florida Panthers. Let’s take a look at how the two teams match up.

Offense:

The Boston Bruins lead in goals with 89, and the Florida Panthers have 79. The Bruins are also a league leading plus-35 while the Panthers are a plus-9. Boston’s leading scorer is Tyler Seguin with 12 goals, and he missed last night’s game in Winnipeg due to missing a team meeting. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow. Florida’s leading goal scorer is Tomas Fleischmann. The Panthers have the better power play at 20 percent, while the Bruins are at 16 percent. The Bruins have 16 power play goals while the Panthers have 23.

Defense:

While the Panthers have allowed 69 goals, the Bruins have given up 54, but a lot of that has to do with Tim Thomas in net. Jason Garrison leads the Panthers in plus/minus at plus-12, and Brian Campbell is at plus-7. Zdeno Chara leads the Bruins defenseman at plus-19, while Johnny Boychuk is at plus-13.

Goaltending:

While Tuukka Rask took the net in Winnipeg, Tim Thomas will likely be playing against the Panthers. Thomas has a 1.87 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. He has allowed 32 goals on 539 shots. Jose Theodore has led the charge in Florida with a 2.28 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. He has allowed 43 goals on 568 shots.

Other:

The Bruins went 4-0 against the Panthers last season, winning every game by a single goal except their first match, where they won 4-0. The Bruins and Panthers were also trade partners last season, when the Bruins traded Dennis Wideman, a first-round pick and a third-round pick to Florida for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell. Wideman is now with the Washington Capitals.
It should be interesting to see what comes from the matchups this season, as Florida is a much improved team and the two will be future “conference” rivals with the new realignment plan.
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