Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins
According to NHL betting odds the Bruins are a -245 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Boston has defeated Florida in 19 of their last 26 meetings, including win the last 5 at the TD Garden. These clubs have seen just 3 of their last 18 meetings go over the total. Boston currently leads the Atlantic Division, and is 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference just 3-points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins who reside in the top spot. Florida is 7th in the Atlantic Division, and 15th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Playing out the String
There’s not a whole lot of light at the end of the tunnel for the Florida Panthers pertaining to the rest of the season. They’re 15-points out of a playoff spot with just 21 regular season games left to play. Florida has lost 7 of their last 9-games overall. However, they’re coming off a 5-3 road win over the New York Islanders in their most recent game on Sunday. This will be the Panthers 3rd game in the last 4-days with all of those contests taking place on the road. Florida has gone over the total in each of their last 4-games, and allowed 19-goals combined in those contests. The Panthers special teams play has been brutal this season. They are last in the NHL on both the power play and penalty killing categories.
Back in the Saddle
The Bruins were able to break a mini 2-game losing streak in a 6-3 road win versus the Rangers on Sunday. It also marked the 4th consecutive game that Boston had gone over the total, and they scored 19-goals combined in those contests. As a matter of fact, the Bruins have gone under the total in just 5 of their previous 22-games. The Bruins have scored 6-goals or more in 5 of their last 11-games. In addition, Boston has gone under the total in just 3 of their last 26-games versus Eastern Division opponents, and just once in the last 13 versus Atlantic Division foes.
NHL Betting System
There are some trends to consider before making our NHL picks for this match-up. Any team (Florida) that’s being outscored by an average of 0.2 or more in the 1st period on the season, and they’ve seen 8 or more goals combined being scored in each of their last 3-games, has seen 40 of those 55-games (72.7%) go under the total in the last 18 seasons.
Free Pick: Florida/Boston to go under the total of 5.5