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Panthers vs. Bruins 2023 NHL Playoffs Odds and Game 2 Preview – April 19th

By Jeff Stinger

Things are going according to plan for the top-ranked Boston Bruins, who won Game 1 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the eighth-seeded Florida Panthers. Will the Panthers be able to steal a win in Beantown before the series shifts to the Keys, or will the Bruins continue their dominance at the TD Garden?

Nitrobetting is here to turn your betting slapshots into winning goals with betting tips and news coverage throughout the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. This time, let’s break down the upcoming Game 2 first-round showdown between the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins.

Panthers vs. Bruins Game 2 2023 NHL Playoffs First-Round Information

  • When: Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
  • Radio: 560 Sports WQAM (Panthers) // WBZ-FM 98.5 (Bruins)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: Panthers (+1.5) / Bruins (-1.5)

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Why Bet on the Florida Panthers?

Despite being relentless on the attack, the Florida Panthers didn’t manage to put up points on the board. The Panthers lost Game 1 against the Bruins Monday, 3-1, as they failed to crack the scoring code in Boston like many other teams before them also failed to do so on more occasions than not.

Matthew Tkachuk scored the only goal for Florida during the second period of the contest. On the bright side, had more shots on goal than the Bruins, 32-39. Unfortunately, those looks at the back of the net were for naught as the Panthers were constantly stifled by Boston’s elite netminder.

It’s worth noting that the Panthers also had just two minutes in total penalties in Game 1. They were the second-most penalized team during the regular season, so keeping things clean on the ice in Game 2 will go a long way toward possibly staging an unlikely upset this Wednesday.

Why Bet on the Boston Bruins?

It was business as usual for the Boston Bruins, who remain nigh- unbeatable on their home ice like much of the regular season as seen with their clinical Game 1 performance. The record-setting Bruins can thank leading Vezina Trophy candidate Linus Ullmark once again for holding down their fort in a big moment.

Ullmark stopped 31 of Florida’s 32 shots as the Swedish standout had a playoff debut to remember. Ullmark led all goalies during the regular season with 40 wins, a 1.89 goals-against average, and a .938 save percentage. Simply put, Boston has the best player in front of the net on its roster and there were no postseason jitters to be had for the 29-year-old.

The usual suspects on this stacked Bruins roster, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, scored goals in Game 1, with Marchand notching his 50th-career playoff goal with flair. The Panthers may opt to turn the goaltending duties to Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 2 after Alex Lyon failed to impress on Monday, and the Bruins must be prepared for this change and keep their hot streak at home going.

Panthers vs. Bruins Betting Trends

  • The Panthers are 4-1 in the last five road games.
  • The Panthers are also 4-1 in its last five outings as underdogs.
  • The totals went under in Florida’s last six games in general.
  • The Bruins are unbeaten in the last five home games and won nine of their last 10 at the TD Garden.
  • The Bruins are 7-3 in its last 10 meetings against the Panthers.
  • The totals went under in 10 of Boston’s last 11 home games.

Panthers vs. Bruins Game 2 Expert Betting Predictions

As much as we respect the Panthers’ prowess on the road prior to the start of the playoffs, there’s no reason for us to bank against Boston right now. The Bruins were historically good during the regular season and have not slowed down one bit in their home playoff opener, which means we may have to wait until the series moves to Florida to be more confident in siding with the Panthers.

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