After a deflating loss in overtime of game 5 on Wednesday evening in Boston, the Bruins will head back down to Sunrise, Florida for game 6 on Friday night.
Setting Up Game 6: Bruins vs Panthers
Although the Bruins still hold a 3-2 series lead, game 5 was a tough pill to swallow for the Black and Gold. The Bruins dominated much of the play, outshooting the Panthers 47 to 25. The return of Patrice Bergeron also helped Boston in the face-off circle, where they won 62% of the draws. Turnovers, however, continue to haunt the B’s against a pesky Panthers team. Boston turned the puck over a total of 17 times, including Ullmark’s blunder in overtime, which sealed the Bruins’ fate.
Boston has been resilient all season long, and that has carried into the playoffs. Following a game 2 beating at home, the Bruins went down to South Florida and won 2 games in convincing fashion.
Although Pastrnak has not looked like himself, most of the Bruins’ top players are performing at a high level. Bergeron stepped in after missing the first 4 games of the series and was extremely productive. The Bruins will be highly motivated on Friday and will continue their winning ways in Florida.
Assuming Ullmark gets the nod Friday night, we should see a much more stable performance in net. Following a loss, Ullmark is an outstanding 6 and 1 this year. His ability to bounce back is unquestionable and we will see the fruits of that tomorrow night.
Pregame Betting Analysis: Bruins vs Panthers
Betting Info for Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers
All lines and odds courtesy of BetMGM
BetMGM: It’s Time to Change the Game
Moneyline: Boston Bruins ( -175)
Florida Panthers (+145)
Puckline: Boston Bruins -1.5 (+140)
Florida Panthers +1.5 (-165)
Total: Over 6 (-120)
Under 6 (+100)
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Picks and prediction
Bruins Puck Line -1.5 (+140)
If you’ve been following the Bruins at all this year, this line should pique some interest. The Bruins have covered both puck lines on the road in this series and seem to be more comfortable scoring outside of the Garden in general.
With a 5-goal average between the two away games this series, there is no reason to believe that the Bruins will stop scoring. This line, like last game, will depend on Boston’s defensive effort.
At +140, we’re seeing a substantial increase compared to game 5’s opening puck line of +100. Considering Boston’s record after a loss this year (13-6), and their increase in offensive production in away games, there is plenty of value in this pick.
Panthers Under 2.5 Total Goals (-105)
After a momentum-breaking 6-3 loss in game 2, the Bruins went to Florida and showed that they were by far the better team. The Bruins do not take losses lightly, plain and simple. Look for a much more focused Bruins team to keep turnovers and penalties to a minimum in game 6.
Ullmark’s performance last night was far from his best effort, but as history shows, it is unlikely we will see another poor effort. His sustained Vezina-caliber play throughout the year and 1.89 GAA should keep anyone from doubting his ability to shut down Florida in game 6.
At near-even-money, Look for a determined Bruins team to finish with class and keep the Panthers under 3 goals for the game.
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