Preview: Panthers look to avoid 3rd straight loss when Bruins come to town


TV: FOX Sports Florida

TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Boston Bruins (20-7-6, first in the Atlantic Division) vs. Florida Panthers (15-11-5, fifth in the Atlantic Division)

BOTTOM LINE

Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida into a matchup with Boston. He currently ranks ninth in the league with 37 points, scoring 11 goals and totaling 26 assists.

The Panthers are 3-3-1 against division opponents. Florida averages just 3.0 penalties per game, the least in the league. MacKenzie Weegar leads them averaging 0.4.

The Bruins are 7-4-3 against the rest of their division. Boston ranks fourth in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by David Pastrnak with 26.

In their last matchup on Nov. 12, Florida won 5-4. Keith Yandle recorded a team-high 3 points for the Panthers.

TOP PERFORMERS

Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 26 assists and has recorded 37 points this season. Aleksander Barkov Jr. has collected 9 points over the last 10 games for Florida.

Brad Marchand has collected 48 total points while scoring 18 goals and totaling 30 assists for the Bruins. Pastrnak has scored six goals over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES

Bruins: 5-4-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.3 penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .926 save percentage.

Panthers: 4-6-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.8 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.

INJURIES

Panthers: Jayce Hawryluk: out (upper body).

Bruins: Brett Ritchie: out (illness).

Source: Fox Sports

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