[7:38 PM] Bruins @ Panthers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Boston Bruins (4-4-0)

@ Florida Panthers (4-4-1)


Starting Goalies:

Tuukka Rask(BOS): Likely

Roberto Luongo(FLA): Confirmed


Current odds:

Boston Bruins: (+140)

Florida Panthers: (-160)


The injury-plagued Florida Panthers are staying afloat with a pair of budget free-agent signings leading the way as they prepare to host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Jonathan Marchessault ($750,000) leads the team with six goals and 11 points while Colton Sceviour ($950,000) notched a hat trick in Florida’s 5-2 victory at Detroit on Sunday that snapped a three-game slide.

Rask’s return has eased some concerns on the defensive side of the ice but Boston must get their offense in gear, especially on the power play where it is 2-for-28 – last in the league. Brad Marchand (three goals, 10 points), Pastrnak and Backes have produced early while center David Krejci has yet to score and defenseman Torey Krug, along with forwards Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes, have not recorded a point. Rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo (plus-6 rating) has shined playing primarily beside veteran Zdeno Chara.

Sceviour had a career-high 11 goals with Dallas last season and notched five in nine games this season, taking advantage of additional ice time in place of the three key forwards on the shelf. Jagr has yet to get on track despite 24 shots on net and playing beside Marchessault, while linemate Aleksander Barkov has gone five games without a point. Forward Jared McCann, a key offseason acquisition from Vancouver, is without a point in his first nine outings with the Panthers and Reilly Smith has managed to score once after netting 25 in 2015-16.

Boston C Patrice Bergeron owns 17 goals and 37 points in 44 career games against the Panthers.

Florida G Roberto Luongo, who will likely be back in net after being rested Sunday, is 15-15-1 with a .926 save percentage versus the Bruins.

The Bruins won three of four meetings last season, including both games in Florida.


StreakSmarts Pick: Florida Panthers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick