Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Panthers vs Bruins Odds
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(40-24-9) Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins (39-26-8)
Date: Thursday, March 24th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: (OPEN) Bruins -154
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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A big time battle on Thursday night will see two of the top dogs in the Atlantic Division go head to head.
The Panthers currently sit tied for top spot in the division with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Bruins are not far behind.
Sorry to Panthers fans in advance, but this team is a pretender and Thursday night’s game is going to prove that, once again.
The Panthers, as has been mentioned in a previous game preview are still mostly coasting off a 13-game win streak that propelled them to where they are.
Couple that with the fact that, yes, they can beat bad hockey teams and you don’t often see this team give points away to non-playoff teams.
Against playoff teams however, it’s a completely different story as the Panthers haven’t beaten a team residing in the top eight of either conference since a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh back on February 15.
That’s more than a month (yes, they beat the Flyers on March 12th, but Philly was not a playoff team at the time, and even still, they’re on the bubble).
It’s not just the losses to legitimate teams that’s concerning, it’s the way that they’ve been losing games.
On March 14th the Panthers led the Isles 20 with about seven minutes to play and gave up three goals in about five minutes, losing in regulation.
Just five days ago they led the Red Wings 3-2 heading into the third period and once again gave up three goals in the final frame to lose and not gain a single point.
The Rangers had their way with Florida on Monday and never trailed during a 4-2 win.
I wouldn’t go as far as to call the Bruins pretenders, but they did get a very harsh dose of reality on their western road swing as to how far off they really are from being a legit contender.
The Bruins were beaten three straight times in California by the Sharks, Ducks and Kings in that order, and brought their record against the Cali trio to 0-6 on the season.
*At time of writing Bruins are finishing their road swing in New York*
Depending how that game against the Rangers goes will be a big indicator of what to expect against the Panthers.
If the Bruins come out flat and get beaten bad by the Rangers that could be a very troubling sign for B’s fans. This would essentially say that the western trip really took the wind out of their sails and the team has lost a lot of confidence.
If the B’s have a strong game against a playoff-calibre team in the Rangers, then you can bet they’re feeling good to be back in their own time zone and playing teams they’re familiar with.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Over is 6-0-5 in FLA last 11 overall.
- FLA are 8-2 in their last 10 Thu. games.
- FLA are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. Atlantic.
- BOS are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic.
- FLA are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Boston.
- FLA are 5-21 in the last 26 meetings.
Free Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins NHL Hockey Prediction
The Panthers just flat out don’t have it against higher level competition. The Bruins got stomped out bad in California and seeing a smaller, less imposing team like the Panthers will be a welcome sight.
Expect Boston to take it to the team that they’ve beaten in all three meetings this season (Yup, Florida can not beat playoff teams).
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Bruins -154
I expect this one to stay close for two periods before the Panthers ultimately find a way to melt down in the third and lose.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Boston 4- Florida 2
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