Florida Panthers (57-16-6, first in the Atlantic) vs. Boston Bruins (49-25-5, fourth in the Atlantic)
Boston; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida into a matchup against Boston. He’s second in the NHL with 115 points, scoring 30 goals and recording 85 assists.
The Bruins are 29-16-2 in Eastern Conference games. Boston is eighth in the Eastern Conference recording 8.3 points per game, averaging 3.1 goals and 5.3 assists.
The Panthers are 18-3-2 against the rest of their division. Florida is the league leader with 7.1 assists per game, led by Claude Giroux averaging 1.1.
In their last meeting on Oct. 30, Boston won 3-2. Taylor Hall recorded a team-high 2 points for the Bruins.
TOP PERFORMERS: Charlie McAvoy leads the Bruins with a plus-27 in 76 games this season. Erik Haula has 8 points over the last 10 games for Boston.
Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 85 total assists and has 115 points. Aleksander Barkov has 16 points over the last 10 games for Florida.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 5-5-0, averaging 2.4 goals, 3.9 assists, 4.5 penalties and 10.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .912 save percentage.
Panthers: 9-1-0, averaging 4.5 goals, 7.7 assists, 5.3 penalties and 15.3 penalty minutes while allowing 2.8 goals per game with a .905 save percentage.
INJURIES: Bruins: Hampus Lindholm: day to day (undisclosed), Jesper Froden: out (undisclosed), David Pastrnak: day to day (undisclosed).
Panthers: Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed), Carter Verhaeghe: day to day (maintenance).
Source: AP News