Preview: Bruins @ Panthers, 3/7/16

Game #66
Boston Bruins (36-23-7 / 79 PTS)  Florida Panthers (36-21-8 / 80 PTS)
Monday, March 7th, 2016 – 7:30PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Bruins for the 3rd time this season and first time at home when they meet in Sunrise on Monday night. The Panthers are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night which capped off a less-than-satisfactory 1-3-1 five-game road trip. Aaron Ekblad scored his career-high 13th goal of the season at the end of the 2nd period, but that would be all for the Panthers as the Coyotes scored 4 of their 5 goals off turnovers and defensive errors. Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell returned to the lineup after missing Thursday’s tilt as they needed to get their visa problems solved. Al Montoya returned to the lineup and started in net for the first time since sustaining a stiff neck after being involved in a net-front collision last Sunday against Minnesota.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Derek MacKenzie, and Willie Mitchell, who are all out of the lineup with concussions, practiced together on Sunday morning at the Panthers’ practice facility in Coral Springs. Huberdeau will be back in the lineup on Monday night while MacKenzie could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday against the Senators. Willie Mitchell is said to be about a week away. Teddy Purcell will miss his first game as a Panther after sustaining a minor groin injury.

The Bruins are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in which Patrice Bergeron scored the lone Boston goal. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves on 30 shots.

The two teams have faced each other twice this season, both in Boston and both with final scores of 3-1 in favor of the Bruins. On October 30th, Nick Bjugstad scored the lone Panthers goal, and on December 12th, before the Panthers began a 12-game win streak, Reilly Smith scored against his former team.

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 63 Marchand – 37 Bergeron – 20 Stempniak
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 39 Beleskey – 46 Krejci – 88 Pastrnak
92 Rau – 27 Bjugstad – 24 Hudler L3 21 Eriksson – 51 Spooner – 11 Hayes
48 Howden – 48 Shaw – 22 Thornton L4 29 Ferarro – 55 Acciari – 14 Connolly
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 33 Chara – 44 Seidenberg
51 Campbell – 44 Gudbranson D2 47 Krug – 46 Morrow
46 Kindl – 6 Petrovic D3 26 Liles – 54 McQuaid
35 Montoya – Luongo G 40 Rask – 50 Gustavsson
Purcell, Wilson, Kampfer X Randell, Miller, Trotman
MacKenzie, Mitchell, Bolland INJ  Kelly

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 21 27 48
2. Jussi Jokinen 11 35 46
3. Aleksander Barkov 19 22 41
4. Vincent Trocheck 19 21 40
5. Jonathan Huberdeau 11 29 40

Boston Bruins

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Patrice Bergeron 26 31 57
2. Brad Marchand 33 18 51
3. David Krejci 14 36 50
4. Loui Eriksson 24 25 49
5. Lee Stempniak 16 28 44

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 9-4-2 .924 2.26

Boston Bruins

Name Record Save % GAA
Tuukka Rask 26-18-6 .919 2.50
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