Preview: Bruins at Panthers
The Boston Bruins have excelled on the road, while the Florida Panthers have come up flat at home. The former will look to continue the trend and the latter attempts to make a stand when the teams meet in Sunrise on Sunday afternoon. Ex-Panther Nathan Horton tallied twice as Boston won its second straight game and improved to 6-1-1 on the road with a 4-2 triumph over Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Tuukka Rask, who turned aside 24 shots against the Lightning, has won four of five career outings versus Florida while posting two shutouts and registering an ultra-slim 0.97 goals-against average. The Panthers are 0-1-3 during their last four home games - and they weren't too impressive in a 3-1 road loss to Pittsburgh on Friday. Jacob Markstrom made his season debut and finished with 37 saves in the setback.
TV: 3 p.m. ET, NHLN, NESN (Boston), FSN (Florida)
ABOUT THE BRUINS (10-2-2): Brad Marchand has scored a goal in two straight games and four of his last five. The Nova Scotia native, who leads the Bruins with nine goals, has recorded five in eight career contests against the Panthers. Patrice Bergeron posted his second consecutive two-point performance by registering a goal and an assist against Tampa Bay. Bergeron tallied twice in a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Jan. 16, 2012.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (5-8-4): While Florida has struggled at home (2-3-3), rookie Jonathan Huberdeau certainly has not. The third overall pick of the 2011 draft, Huberdeau has given the fans in Sunrise a thrill by scoring five of his team-leading eight goals at home. Peter Mueller joined Huberdeau by tallying twice against Philadelphia on Thursday but was held off the scoresheet versus the Penguins. Mueller has just one assist in four previous meetings with the Bruins.
1. Boston's penalty kill has been solid this season, yielding just three goals in 54 short-handed situations (94.4 percent). The Bruins are just 6-for-46 (13.0 percent) on the power play.
2. Horton was the third overall pick by the Panthers in the 2003 draft. He played six seasons with Florida before heading to Beantown.
3. Both teams claimed a pair of victories against the other in 2011-12.
PREDICTION: Bruins 4, Panthers 2
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