Preview: Bruins @ Panthers, 10/30/15

10/30/15 – 7:30 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Bruins (4-3-1) 0
@ Panthers (5-3-1) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 6 4 10
2. Vincent Trocheck 4 5 9
3. Reilly Smith 4 3 7
4. Nick Bjugstad 3 3 6
5. Jussi Jokinen 2 4 5

Boston Bruins

Player Goals Assists Points
1. David Krejci 7 7 14
2. Patrice Bergeron 4 5 9
3. Loui Eriksson 2 7 9
4. Jimmy Hayes 3 5 8
5. Torey Krug 0 7 7

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 3-3-1 .939 2.00

Boston Bruins

Name Record Save % GAA
Tuukka Rask 2-3-1 .874 3.67

Projected Lineups

Florida_Panthers.svg VS.
11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 36 Jokinen L1 21 Eriksson – 46 Krejci – 88 Pastrnak
73 Pirri – 21 Trocheck – 42 Howden L2 63 Marchand – 37 Bergeron – 14 Connolly
48 Shaw – 63 Bolland – 18 Smith L3 39 Belsekey – 51 Spooner – 11 Hayes
 22 Thornton – 17 MacKenzie – 86 Brickley L4 36 Rinaldo – 23 Kelly – 34 Randell
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 33 Chara – 48 C. Miller
7 Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 47 Krug – 54 McQuaid
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 45 Morrow – 62 Trotman
 1 Luongo G1 40 Rask
 35 Montoya G2 50 Gustavsson
68 Jagr, 3 Kampfer, 4 Olsen X 86 K. Miller, 41 Kempainnen
 Savard, Hodges, Barkov IR Seidenberg

Between the Lines

The Panthers will play the second game of their three-game homestand against the Boston Bruins after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Tuesday night. Their special teams were on fire as the Panthers went a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play and also scored a shorthanded goal. Vincent Trocheck had his second multi-point game of the season as he scored two goals and added an assist while Reilly Smith and Brian Campbell also had multi-point nights. The Panthers lost Jaromir Jagr late in the first period to what Gerard Gallant called a hip or groin injury that had been nagging the 43-year-old right winger for about a week, however the loss didn’t seem to effect the Panthers offense at all. Roberto Luongo nearly earned a shutout until Gabriel Landeskog scored the lone Avalanche goal near the end of the 3rd period. Luongo also reportedly suffered from dehydration late in the game which lead to cramps, although he’s fine now and will start for the Panthers on Friday. Jagr told George Richards after Thursday’s practice that his entire side is sore and weakened, so Logan Shaw was called up from the Portland Pirates to the Panthers on Thursday and will most likely make his NHL debut on either Friday or Saturday.

The Boston Bruins are coming off their first home win against the Coyotes on Friday as the result of a 6-0 shutout. The Bruins executed a balanced attack, scoring a goal in the first, two in the 2nd, and three in the 3rd to defeat the Coyotes. David Krejci tallied two goals, and former Panther Jimmy Hayes had a three-point night to help secure the shutout for Tuukka Rask who has struggled to start the season.

Jimmy Hayes and Reilly Smith will face their former teams for the first time since being traded for each other on July 1st during this past off-season. The Panthers dealt Hayes following a productive, yet inconsistent and streaky 2014-15 campaign and just before the two parties headed to salary arbitration for the second straight year. Hayes makes the Bruins even bigger and stronger while Smith has brought energy and offensive ability to the Panthers’ lineup. Hayes currently has 8 points, including 3 goals and 5 assists, for his hometown team while Reilly Smith has 7 points, including 4 goals and 3 assists, in 9 games.

For the Panthers, Vincent Trocheck has been hot over the past few games. He been engaged both offensively and defensively and has recorded 5 points in his last 3 games, while Reilly Smith has 3 points in his last 2 games. On the Bruins side of things, David Krejci is on a season-long 8-game point streak during which he has 14 points, and that’s good for 2nd in the league in scoring. After going without a point in his first 3 games of the season, Jimmy Hayes has 8 points in his last 5 games, while Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson are both on 4-game point streaks. The Bruins are undefeated in 3 road games this season while the Panthers are 3-1 at home.

Pre-Game Reading

Recap: Avalanche @ Panthers, 10/27/15

Panthers Prospects Update #2: 10/19 – 10/25

Panthers forced to skate forward with Barkov out 3-4 weeks

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Avalanche on Tuesday night for their 9th game of the season and won 4-1. You can find a link to our recap of that game under the “Pre-Game Reading” section above.

The Panthers are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games against the Bruins and went 2-1-1 in four games last season. The last time the two teams met was on April 9th when the Panthers won 4-2 and essentially killed the Bruins’ playoff hopes. Barkov, Huberdeau, Boyes, and Hayes tallied the 4 Panther goals.

Here’s the NHL video recap of the Panthers’ last game which was against the Avalanche:

Pre-game Tweets


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