Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins NHL Betting Prediction

NHL Florida Panthers vs Boston Bruins Prediction 5/17/2024

The Florida Panthers (52-24-6) travel to face off against the Boston Bruins (47-20-15) on Friday, May 17th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on TNT. The Panthers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bruins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Senators. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Panthers vs Bruins

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The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win

On the season, the Panthers have gone 52-24-6, and they currently sit in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. They have been the favorite in 67 of their 82 games, and they have won their last five games as the favorite. In the Atlantic Division, Florida is in 1st place with a record of 17-9.

Over their last ten games, the Panthers have gone 7-3, and they have won four straight games. On the road, Florida has gone 26-11-4 this season, and they have gone 33-17 against other Eastern Conference teams.

Florida’s puck line record this year sits at 41-41, and they are 29-38 against the puck line when favored. The Panthers have 33 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin for the season is at +.8 goals per game.

So far, the Panthers have gone 2-3 against the puck line in their last five games, and their average scoring differential on the road is at +1.1 goals per game. In their last ten road games, Florida’s puck line mark is at 6-4.

In their previous game, the Panthers hosted the Maple Leafs and game away with a 5-2 win. On offense, the Panthers were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net four times in the second period and ended with one goal in the third. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 42 shots on goal and had 12 turnovers.

Florida came in as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage and, as a result, recorded a win against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.

The Boston Bruins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

At home this season, the Bruins have gone 24-11-6, and they are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. In the Eastern Conference, Boston is 4th and has a record of 47-20-15. Over their last ten games, the Bruins have gone 5-5, and they have dropped their last two games.

When playing as the underdog, Boston has gone 9-2-4, and they have lost two straight games as the favorite. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Bruins have gone 30-20 this season, and they have gone 38-18-11 when favored. Over their last five games, Boston has gone 2-3, and they are 1-2 in their last three games.

On the season, the Bruins have gone 39-43 against the puck line, including a road mark of 20-21. Overall, they have 31 wins by multiple goals and have lost by more than one goal 15 times. In their last ten home games, the Bruins have gone just 2-8 vs. the puck line.

So far, Boston has been the underdog in 15 games, going 13-2 against the puck line in those contests. In their last three games, the Bruins have gone 2-1 vs. the puck line, and they are 5-5 in their last ten games.

Coming off a 3-1 loss at home to the Senators, the Bruins are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Bruins couldn’t find the net in the first two periods, but they made a comeback with one goal in the third period. Their one goal came during a power play situation. In total, they took 35 shots on goal and had 11 giveaways.

Boston went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 4 goals.

Florida Offense Breakdown

On offense, the Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 11th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 2nd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Panthers offense is 6th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 10th in the NHL.

This season, the Panthers’ have an over/under record of 30-49-3. Throughout the season, they have played 45 games that did not exceed the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.

Bruins Offense Breakdown

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On the offensive side, the Bruins are scoring an 3.2 goals per game this season, ranking 14th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 21st in the league. The Bruins went 18-3 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 27-16.

The Bruins’ over/under record this season is 37-44-1. For the season, they have had 44 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 5.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.

Florida Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Panthers head into the game ranked 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27.6 shots per game against Florida. So far, they are 3rd in shutouts, achieving 8 shutouts.

Boston Team Defense

Defensively, the Bruins are currently 10th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Boston. They also are 11th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Panthers vs Bruins Trends

  • Florida has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
  • When looking at their past ten home matchups, Boston has an puck line record of 2-8 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 3-7 overall in these games.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Boston has an puck line mark of 7-3 while going 6-4 straight up.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Florida has an puck line mark of 4-6 while going 7-3 straight up.

Panthers vs Bruins Prediction

For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Panthers to secure a victory over the Bruins on the road. With the moneyline currently set at -149, I’m locking in my bet on the Panthers straight-up.

If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Bruins to cover. Even in the event of a Panthers victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Bruins should cover the puck line.

For those looking at the over/under line set at 5.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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