The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers square off Saturday night at the BB&T Center.
The Bruins (36-24-11) hold the second wild-card spot but have dropped three straight, allowing the Senators pull within two points with Thursday’s 6-4 loss in Ottawa. Boston held a 10-point advantage over the Senators prior to Ottawa’s 13-1-1 run, and the Senators also have a game in hand. The Boston Bruins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have one power play goal in their last five games and have won six of their last eight when scoring at least three goals.
Florida (32-25-14), five points behind the Bruins, continues to cling to hopes of reaching the playoffs for the second time in 14 seasons. The Panthers avoided a third straight loss by winning 3-1 over Detroit on Thursday.
-Florida’s last win over Boston came on March 15, 2012.
-Bruins G Tuukka Rask is 11-1-0 with a 1.07 goals-against average and three shutouts versus Florida.
-The Bruins are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Florida and 21-6 in the last 27 meetings overall.
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