Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers Pick
Depending on Luongo to save this team is like throwing a band-aid on a gunshot wound. Not to mention the fact that he isn’t going to be able to play a full schedule at his age. Dominik Hasek was one of the rare expectations, as he looked like a 25-year-old towards the end of his career with the Red Wings. Even he got help from Chris Osgood in net. There are two teams worse than the Panthers on defence this season, the Blackhawks and Senators.
With the Panthers allowing 3.56 goals per game, and the Hawks’ 3.68 goals per game, they are in danger of slipping even further. The Hawks at least have an excuse with their elderly blue line. All systems have been a go on offence, though, with 3.24 goals per game to keep them afloat in the 2018-19 season.
The Bruins are the anti-Panthers. What I mean by that is that the Bruins want to grind it out and play tight defence to win games. Getting into wild high-scoring games isn’t really their speciality. 3-1 and 3-2 games are more their thing.
Boston have been strong on the defensive end, as they are 2nd in the NHL with 2.46 goals allowed per game. They’ve given up 2 or less goals in six of their previous ten games. The Bruins have to get going offensively, though. Against the paper-thin Panthers’ blue line, they should be able to match up well here. It doesn’t really matter who is in net for the Panthers. Luongo’s numbers have regressed to a 3.07 GAA and 0.902 save percentage. He was on fire for a few weeks, but eventually the levy will break playing on a team with a putrid defence. The Bruins look like the better option in this matchup in the sunshine state on Tuesday.