Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Game Preview, Predictions, and Odds for 2024 NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 6 | May 17, 2024

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Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Game Preview, Predictions, and Odds for 2024 NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 6 | May 17, 2024

The Boston Bruins welcome the Florida Panthers for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs East second round at TD Garden in Boston on Friday. The game will air on CBC, TVAS, SN, TNT, truTV and MAX at 7 p.m. ET.

The Panthers, who are leading the 3-2, aim to extend their winning streak on the road by knocking out the Bruins. The Panthers have a history of success in Boston, with five consecutive playoff victories since last season. They've made themselves comfortable in their last two games at TD Garden.

The Bruins, though, are seeking to turn their fortunes around with back-to-back wins to force a Game 7 on Sunday, despite their 2-4 home record in the ongoing playoffs.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are eying a spot in the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season.


Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Game preview

The Boston Bruins kept their season alive with a win in their latest game with the Panthers. They scored in each of the first two periods, and their defense was impressive, allowing only one goal. However, their defense has had its low points this season, giving up six goals in two of the three games they lost in this series.

The Bruins need their defense to step up. Brad Marchand's return to the lineup is expected to make a difference, as he had two assists in the first three games but missed the last two due to an upper-body injury.

During the ongoing playoffs, the Bruins are averaging 2.5 goals per game, with a 22.6% success rate on their power play opportunities and allowing 2.42 goals per game and defending 84.8% of their opponents' power plays.

Jake DeBrusk is leading the Bruins in scoring with five goals and five assists, for 10 points, while Brad Marchand has contributed seven assists. Morgan Geekie and David Pastrnak each scored four goals each.

In the net, Jeremy Swayman, with a 6-5-0 record, a 2.16 GAA, and a SV% of .933, has allowed 23 goals on 345 shots.

Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers had an opportunity to win their previous game, but their offense struggled, managing only one goal, leading to their defeat. They're aiming to secure consecutive conference appearances in the conference final.

The Panthers have a 3-1 record on the road in these playoffs. They're averaging 3.7 goals per game, scoring on 23.7% of their power play opportunities and allowing 2.6 goals per game. They've defended 85.3% of their opponent's power plays.

Carter Verhaeghe is Florida's leading scorer with six goals for 10 points, while Matthew Tkachuk has contributed nine assists. Sam Reinhart and Aleksander Barkov have combined for 10 goals and 12 assists. Sergei Bobrovsky, with a 7-3-0 record, a 2.51 GAA, and a SV% of .896, has conceded 25 goals on 241 shots.


Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Injury report

Brad Marchand, who is recovering from an upper-body injury, is likely to rejoin the Bruins' lineup. The Bruins, though, will miss Matthew Poitras and Milan Lucic for the rest of the season.

As for the Panthers, Ryan Lomberg is the only player sidelined due to illness. He hasn't played since April 21, 2024.


Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Head-to-head

The Florida Panthers hold an all time 11-6-0-0 record in playoffs against the Bruins. In faceoffs, the Panthers have outperformed the Bruins with a success rate of 52%, compared to the Bruins' 45.2%.


Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Spread

The Panthers, with a 1.5 goal advantage, are the favorites against the Bruins. The Panthers' odds to cover the spread are +180, while the Bruins are -220.


Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Over/Under

For Game 6, a total of 5.5 goals have been predicted, with the odds for scoring more set at -104 and the odds for scoring less set at -118.


Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins: Series Odds and Score Prediction

Boston, being the underdog, has a 44.8% probability of winning this game, with odds of +125. Meanwhile, Florida, is the favorite with odds of -150 and holds a 59.3% chance of winning, even though they're playing away from home.

Score Prediction: Panthers 2-2 Bruins (The game is set to go to overtime, with the Panthers expected to win 3-2).

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