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The Boston Bruins (3-1-0) begin a challenging two-game road trip Wednesday in Sunrise, Florida, and will learn a lot about where they stand so far in this young season when they play the Florida Panthers tonight (NESN, BSFL, TVAS) and the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

The Panthers are off to their best start in franchise history and sit atop the NHL standings and the Atlantic Division at 6-0-0. The Hurricanes are 5-0-0 and sit atop the Metro Division.

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy knows his team is facing a lethal Panthers offense that leads the NHL with 27 goals so far.

“They have a quick-strike offense…they’ve got two goalies that are really on their game as well…offense and defense – that’s probably why they’re undefeated,” Cassidy said Tuesday morning.

Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron thinks his team will need to stick to their system to counter that offense.

“For us, we take it a game at a time and work on what we can control and build a foundation,” Bergeron said. “There’s a system that we have in place, working on those things and improve – we have to improve as a team. It’s a great challenge that we should be excited about.”

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Boston Bruins Notes

-Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark will get his third straight start tonight. Ullmark is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

-Boston Bruins forward Curtis Lazar is expected to make his 2021-22 regular season debut after elbow surgery. Lazar will ride the right wing on the fourth line with Tomas Nosek and Trent Frederic.

-Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has stormed out of the gate with four goals and three assists and registering a point in each of the team’s first four games.

– Boston Bruins forward Craig Smith did not make the trip and remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.

Florida Panthers Notes

– Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is playing in his 500th game tonight. Our man in FLA George Richards has the detes over at Florida Hockey Now.

– Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in assists (5) and points (8). Sam Bennett leads the team in goals with four lamplighters.

-Former Boston Bruins captain Joe Thornton is still going at age 42 and has a goal in his first four games with the Panthers. Former Boston Bruins forward Fran Vatrano has a goal and an assist in six games.

-The Panthers’ goaltending has been brilliant so far. Sergei Bobrovsky has bounced back from a rough 2021 season and is 4-0-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage. Former Boston College goalie Spencer Knight is 2-0-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

-Defensemen Olli Juolevi and John Ludvig are on injured reserve.

Boston Bruins Lines

Forwards:

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall – Jack Studnicka – Charlie Coyle

Jake DeBrusk – Erik Haula – Karson Kuhlman

Trent Frederic – Tomáš Nosek – Curtis Lazar

Defense:

Matt Grzelcyk – Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly – Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort – John Moore

Goalies:

Linus Ullmark

Jeremy Swayman

Florida Panthers Lines

Forwards:

Carter Verhaeghe – Sasha Barkov – Anthony Duclair

Jonathan Huberdeau – Sam Bennett – Owen Tippett

Mason Marchment – Eetu Luostarinen – Sam Reinhart

Frank Vatrano – Joe Thornton – Patric Hornqvist

Defense:

MacKenzie Weegar – Aaron Ekblad

Gus Forsling – Radko Gudas

Kevin Connauton – Brandon Montour

Goalies:

Sergei Bobrovsky

Spencer Knight

 

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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