Marchand, Bruins to host the Panthers
Florida Panthers (34-32-12, fifth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Boston Bruins (47-21-9, second in the Atlantic Division)
Boston; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Brad Marchand leads Boston into a matchup against Florida. He currently ranks fifth in the NHL with 97 points, scoring 34 goals and totaling 63 assists.
The Bruins are 28-16-4 in Eastern Conference games. Boston averages 9.6 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the Eastern Conference. Marchand leads the team serving 94 total minutes.
The Panthers are 15-19-6 on the road. Florida has given up 42 power-play goals, killing 80.7 percent of opponent chances. In their last meeting on March 23, Boston won 7-3. David Pastrnak recorded a team-high 2 points for the Bruins in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 36 goals and has totaled 77 points. Marchand has totaled 10 assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 5-5-0, averaging 3.6 goals, 6.7 assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with a .883 save percentage.
Bruins: 6-4-0, averaging 4.1 goals, 6.5 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .891 save percentage.
Bruins Injuries: Kevan Miller: out (upper body), Sean Kuraly: out (upper body), Matt Grzelcyk: day to day (arm), John Moore: day to day (upper body).
Panthers Injuries: James Reimer: day to day (lower body).