Preview: Panthers @ Bruins, 12/12/15

Game #30
Florida Panthers (14-11-4 / 32 PTS) @ Boston Bruins (15-9-3 / 33 PTS)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 – 1:00 PM EST
TD Garden – Boston, MA

Florida_Panthers.svg VS.
11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 63 Marchand – 37 Bergeron – 14 Connolly
73 Pirri – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 21 Eriksson – 46 Krejci – 39 Belsekey
42 Howden – 63 Bolland – 86 Brickley L3 72 Vatrano – 51 Spooner – 11 Hayes
36 Jokinen – 17 MacKenzie – 48 Shaw L4 36 Rinaldo – 29 Ferraro – 34 Randell
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 33 Chara – 62 Trotman
51 Campbell – 33 Mitchell D2 47 Krug – 54 McQuaid
4 Olsen – 44 Gudbranson D3 44 Seidenberg – 86 K. Miller
 1 Luongo G1 40 Rask
 35 Montoya G2 50 Gustavsson
Thornton X Talbot, Morrow
Petrovic, Bjugstad, Savard, Hodges IR Kelly, Pastrnak, C. Miller, Kempainen

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 9 12 21
2. Jussi Jokinen 6 13 19
3. Vincent Trocheck 8 9 17
4. Jonathan Huberdeau 3 14 17
5. Reilly Smith 7 7 14

Boston Bruins

Player Goals Assists Points
1. David Krejci 9 18 27
2. Patrice Bergeron 9 17 26
3. Loui Eriksson 11 14 25
4. Brad Marchand 13 7 20
5. Zdeno Chara 5 11 16

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 10-10-3 .923 2.36

Boston Bruins

Name Record Save % GAA
Tuukka Rask 10-7-3 .910 2.63

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Bruins on Saturday afternoon for the first game of their 4-game road trip after defeating the Capitals in a convincing fashion at home on Thursday 4-1. Jaromir Jagr opened the scoring with his 731st career goal which tied him for 4th all-time with Marcel Dionne, and Brandon Pirri scored his 6th of the season on the power play. Aaron Ekblad made it 3-0 Panthers on a beautiful feed from Jonathan Huberdeau in the 3rd before Alex Ovechkin broke through with his 14th of the season. Logan Shaw got his second goal in as many nights with an empty-netter at the end of the period. Al Montoya was strong in net and just missed a shutout with Roberto Luongo taking the night off. On Friday, the Panthers placed Nick Bjugstad on the injured reserve and called up Dylan Olsen after Steven Kampfer was injured in the first period of Thursday night’s game.

The Bruins last played on Wednesday against the Canadiens and won 3-1 despite being outshot 33-23. Loui Eriksson tallied a shorthanded goal while Landon Ferraro and Patrice Bergeron also scored to put the Bruins ahead of Montreal. Eriksson has 7 points in his last 7 games while Bergeron has 6 in his last 7. Former Panther Jimmy Hayes has just 1 point in his last 13 games. The Bruins beat the Panthers 3-1 back on October 30th when Brad Marchand scored 2 goals and Chara scored the 3rd, although the Panthers were without both Jagr and Barkov.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Capitals on Thursday for their 29th game of the season and won 4-1. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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