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The Boston Bruins (3-3-0) will get another shot at the Florida Panthers (8-0-0) when they welcome the NHL’s best team to TD Garden tonight (7:08 PM ET, NESN, BSFL).

The Panthers dominated the Bruins this past Wednesday in a 4-1 win in Sunrise, FLA. The Bruins were then shut out by the Carolina Panthers 3-0 the next night in Raleigh, NC, and are trying to snap their first losing streak of the season with a win over the first-place Panthers tonight.

The Panthers will be playing the tail end of a back-to-back road set after beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime on Friday night.

The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers will honor and remember late NHL alumni Jimmy Hayes with a moment of silence prior to faceoff. Each team will also wear special jerseys during warm-ups that read ‘HAYESY’ and ‘BROADWAY’, two nicknames that Hayes was called by his teammates, friends, and families.  Both sets of jerseys will be available for auction via the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers’ Foundations with the funds benefitting a charity to be determined by the Hayes family, Bruins, and Panthers. Fans can bid on the jerseys at BruinsAuctions.org and FloridaPanthers.GivesMart.com

Betting Line, Picks: 

The Boston Bruins are -130 favorites on the money line and if you’re really confident that the B’s can become the first team to beat what could be a tired Panthers team after playing Friday night, you can bet them -1.5 at +175. The over/under is 6.

Pick: Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.

Boston Bruins Notes

-Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark will get the nod and a shot at redemption after allowing three goals on 26 shots in the loss to the Panthers on Wednesday. Ullmark is 2-1-0 with a 2.37 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

– The Boston Bruins are hoping to jumpstart a dismal powerplay so far this season. The Bruins went 0-for-7 in the two losses to Florida and Carolina and are tied for 25th in the league with a 12.5 percent (2-for-16) success rate.

-Brad Marchand leads the Boston Bruins in goals (4) and points (7) and is tied for the team lead in assists (3) with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Speaking of that trio, the Perfection Line is pointless in their last two games.

-Boston Bruins winger Craig Smith skated on the second line at the morning skate Saturday and is expected to play after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury.

Florida Panthers Notes

– Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in assists (7) and points (10). Anthony Duclair leads the Panthers in goals with five lamplighters.

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

-Former Boston College star goalie Spencer Knight will get the nod between the Panthers’ pipes. Knight is 2-0-0 with 2.01 GAA and a .923 save percentage. This is Knight’s first start in Boston since leaving The Heights last spring to turn pro.

-Defenseman Kevin Connauton (undisclosed) is not expected to play. Defensemen Olli Juolevi and John Ludvig (undisclosed) are on injured reserve.

Boston Bruins Lines

Forwards:

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith

Jake DeBrusk – Erik Haula – Curtis Lazar

Trent Frederic – Tomáš Nosek – Karson Kuhlman

Defense:

Derek Forbort – Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk – Brandon Carlo

Mike Reilly – 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

Markus Nutivaara – Brandon Montour

Goalies:

Spencer Knight

Sergei Bobrovsky

 

 

 

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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