Tonight the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers face off for what may be the last time where both of them are leading their division. Next year they slide into the same conference and the rest of the seasons progress is anyone’s guess. If the Bruins win, and the Flyers beat the Penguins (in regulation or over time) the Bruins would lead the conference.

Panthers:

  • 11th in both goals for and goals against
  • Jason Garrison leads all NHL defensemen in goals and is +12
  • Brian Campbell is 2nd in overall scoring for defensemen and is +7
  • They have three forwards in double digits for goals, Stephen Weiss 11-18-29 +15, Tomas Fleischmann¬† 12-16-28 +15. Kris Versteeg 12-16-28 +14
  • Marco Sturm is playing for the Panthers, Craig Ramsay is an assistant coach.
  • Florida has the 4th best powerplay in the NHL.
  • Former Dallas Stars tough guy Krys Barch was picked up by the Panthers this week.

Bruins:

  • Tyler Seguin will return to the lineup after missing last game.
  • Tim Thomas is expected to start
  • Shawn Thornton, Greg Campbell and Daniel Paille are the Bruins on a points scoring streaks, all for two games.
  • Tyler Seguin will play his 100th career NHL game tonight,
  • Bruins have the 4th best penalty kill in the NHL
  • Are 24th in blocked shots
  • Tonight is Shawn Thornton’s 396th NHL game
  • Zdeno Chara is 5 assists short of the 300 assist mark

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