Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 8, 2024

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May 8, 2024 9:10 AM
The Boston Bruins, fresh off a Game 1 victory, look to extend their series lead as they take on the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. The Panthers, meanwhile, aim to bounce back and even the series at the Amerant Bank Arena on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 PM. Both Atlantic Division foes are set to clash in what promises to be an intense and action-packed matchup.
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Boston Bruins Analysis

As the Boston Bruins gear up to face the Florida Panthers, all eyes will be on David Pastrnak, who has been absolutely dominant this season. With a league-leading 47 goals, 63 assists, and 110 points, Pastrnak is the engine that drives the Bruins' offense. His impressive stats are a testament to his skill and work ethic, and the Panthers will need to find ways to contain him if they hope to come out on top. Look for the Bruins to rely heavily on Pastrnak's firepower, particularly on the power play, where his 13 goals and 23 points are a significant chunk of the team's overall production. If the Panthers can't find a way to shut down Pastrnak, they may find themselves playing catch-up against a high-powered Bruins offense.

Florida Panthers Analysis

As the Florida Panthers prepare to face off against the Boston Bruins, they'll be relying heavily on the dynamic duo of Sam Reinhart and Matthew Tkachuk to spearhead their offensive attack. Reinhart's 57 goals and 94 points make him a formidable force on the ice, while Tkachuk's 62 assists demonstrate his exceptional playmaking ability. However, the Panthers will be holding their breath as Tkachuk's day-to-day injury status could potentially limit his effectiveness or even keep him out of the lineup entirely. If Tkachuk is unable to play at full strength, it could put added pressure on Reinhart and the rest of the Panthers' offense to compensate, potentially throwing a wrench into their gameplan against the stout Bruins defense.

Florida Panthers Injuries

  • Sam Bennett (C): Day-To-Day
  • Ryan Lomberg (LW): Day-To-Day
  • Aaron Ekblad (D): Day-To-Day
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D): Day-To-Day
  • Aleksander Barkov (C): Day-To-Day

Boston Bruins Injuries

  • Danton Heinen (LW): Day-To-Day
  • Brandon Carlo (D): Day-To-Day
  • Andrew Peeke (D): Out
  • Matthew Poitras (C): Out
  • Milan Lucic (LW): Out

How to Watch the Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers

The Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers game will be televised on ESPN and is scheduled for Wed 7:30 PM.

Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers Betting Odds

The Florida Panthers are favored to win, currently listed at -175, a slight adjustment from their opening odds of -170, while the Over/Under for the matchup is set at 5.5. Bettors can expect a competitive contest with the Panthers expected to come out on top.

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