The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout October 30. Ten games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins. These two teams have been solid to open up this season and will look for a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Florida has earned a record of 8-0-0 to start out this season, which has them in the top spot of the Atlantic division. The Panthers are coming off a win on Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Florida will look to avoid coming out slow in this one though as they try to remain undefeated on the season.
The Bruins have put up a record of 3-3-0 to open up this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Atlantic Division. Boston is coming off back to back losses and will look to bounce back in a big way on Saturday. The Bruins have not been great to open up this season, but will look to put up a statement win against the Panthers.
These two teams will meet up for the second time this season and will look to earn a big win in this matchup. The Panthers are playing their second game in as many nights and Andrew Brunette will make his second start as Florida’s head coach. Boston will look to take advantage of a tired Panthers team with a win of their own in this one.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Florida Panthers||+1 ½ (-205)||+112||Over 6 (+108)|
|Boston Bruins||-1 ½ (+175)||-124||Under 6 (-119)|
|Team Data||Florida Panthers||Boston Bruins|
|Away/ Home Record||3-0-0||2-0-0|
|Goals Per Game||4.25||2.50|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.67||3.50|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.944||.926|
- 3-0 when total is six or more
- 2-0 in Saturday games this season
- 0-0 when playing on back to back days
- 3-0 against the division
- 2-0 after a division game
- 0-0 in home games where total is six or more
- 1-0 in Saturday games
- 1-1 against division opponents
- 1-1 after losing by two or more goals
- 0-1 after scoring one goal in previous loss
- 2-2 when playing team with winning record
These two teams have already met up once this season on October 27. Charlie Coyle opened up the scoring, but it was not enough for Boston. Gustav Forsling had three assists on the night, while Sam Reinhart added two assists. The Panthers scored four unanswered goals and Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 30 saves on 31 shots as Florida won 4-1.
#NHLBruins morning rushes:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Hall – Coyle – Smith
DeBrusk – Haula – Lazar
Frederic – Nosek – Kuhlman
Forbort – McAvoy
Grzelcyk – Carlo
Reilly – Clifton
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 30, 2021
The Panthers have been strong to open up this season on special teams. Florida has capitalized on 5 of their 30 power play attempts, which is a 17.2 percent power play. The Panthers have given up 4 power play goals on 33 penalties against, which is an 87.9 percent kill rate. Florida is 19th on the power play and 8th on the kill in the NHL.
Boston has struggled on the power play this season, but are solid on the penalty kill. The Bruins have scored on 2 of their 16 power play chances, which is a 12.5 percent success rate. Boston has killed off 17 of their 20 penalties against, which is an 85 percent penalty kill. The Bruins are 24th in the league on the power play and 12th on the penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid on special teams. Florida has the edge on the power paly and penalty kill and will look to use it to their advantage in this one. The Bruins will need to get their power play going on Saturday night. If either team can net a power play goal or two, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Spencer Knight to get the start in the crease for Florida in this one. Knight has earned a record of 2-0-0 throughout his two starts this season. He has posted a .923 save percentage and a GAA of 2.01 in those starts. Knight finished with 18 saves on 21 shots in his last start against the Arizona Coyotes.
Linus Ullmark will likely get the nod in the net for the Bruins on Saturday night. Ullmark has started in three games this season, going 2-1-0 in those outings. He has put up a save percentage of .920 and a 2.37 GAA in his performances. Ullmark’s last start was against the Panthers. He stopped 23 of 26 shots in the losing effort.
These two goalies have had solid starts to this season and will look for a big win on Saturday night. Knight has had a bit better start to this season and will look to gain an edge on Ullmark early. If either goalie can get into a groove early, it could be enough for the win.
The Panthers are coming off another win on Friday night, but I think that Boston can bounce back with a win on Saturday night. The Bruins lost to Florida less than a week ago and I think they will come out hot in this one. If Ullmark can get into a groove early, I think he can grab a big win. Boston will need to get their special teams going in this one as well.
BetOnline has Boston listed as a -124 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Bruins will win this game around 55.4 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with Boston at home and Florida coming off a game on Friday night. If the Bruins can control this game early, I think they can hand the Panthers their first loss on the season.