Florida Panthers will host Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening in the NHL 2021/22 season. The home side enjoys an excellent start, and they want to keep up where they left off. The visitors also started the campaign well, and they look forward to new success on the road.
Florida has been perfect so far, and the hosts still haven’t tasted a defeat this season. They are full of confidence and ready for the upcoming challenges. Boston can also be satisfied with its form, and they managed to win twice in a row. Although a tough challenge is ahead of them, the away side wants to get back home with another victory
Florida Panthers – Can they maintain the perfect record?
The Panthers made a strong start to the new season since they still haven’t lost in the first six games. They top the Atlantic Division with a 6-0-0 record, and the Cats want to preserve their consistency. Florida goes to this match after beating the Coyotes at home, and they will search for the fifth straight win on their ice. Jonathan Huberdeau led the Panthers with a goal and an assist, while Sam Bennett assisted twice in their 5-3 victory. Spencer Knight stopped 18 opponents’ shots and conceded three goals.
Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida’s offense with eight points in total, and he also tops the assists ratings with five. Sam Bennett is the Cats’ top scorer with four goals and seven points. The Panthers have been excellent in the offense, scoring 27 goals in six matches. On the other hand, Sergei Bobrovsky made four appearances between the pipes and has a .942 save percentage. He has conceded 1.99 goals per match on average.
Expected Line-Up: Sergei Bobrovsky, MacKenzie Weegar, Radko Gudas, Mason Marchment, Aleksander Barkov, Carter Verhaeghe
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Boston Bruins – Will they continue the winning streak?
The Bruins can also be happy with their start, as they are at a 3-1-0 record which places them fifth in the Atlantic Division. However, they can improve their position as other division rivals have played more matches. The visitors were successful in their previous two games, as they celebrated against the Sabres on the road and the Sharks on the home ice. Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Derek Forbort logged a goal and an assist each and led Boston to the victory.
Marchand has been the most dominant player in the Bruins offense so far in the season. He scored four goals and logged three assists, which holds him on the top of the team’s offensive stats. Boston has produced 3.5 goals per game, while they have conceded 2.75 times on average. On the other hand, Linus Ullmark has a .935 save percentage, conceding twice per match on average.
Expected Line-Up: Linus Ullmark, Matt Grzelcyk, Charlie McAvoy, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak
Expert Pick #1 – Over 5.5 @-125
Florida Panthers have been very productive in the final third, and they have produced 4.5 goals per match on average. On the other hand, the Bruins are also doing well in front of the opposition’s goalie, and I expect this game to go over a 5.5 margin. I’ll take it as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Bruins to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @+110
Although the Panthers are on a hot streak, Boston has been more successful in their last two head-to-head matches. Since the visitors are considered one of the best NHL teams, I think they can get back home with a victory. Therefore, I’ll back the Bruins as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Bruins Over 2.5 RT @-122
Boston scored at least three goals in all four matches so far in the season, and I believe they can continue in the same fashion. The visitors have great offensive potential, and I expect them to score at least three goals again. That’s going to be my third pick, and the odds are pretty solid.