- The Boston Bruins are -225 favorites in Game 1 of their Playoff series against the Florida Panthers.
- Boston had the best record in NFL history this year.
- The home team has won the last seven matchups between the Bruins and the Panthers.
BOSTON - The Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins are set to face off in round one of the NHL Playoffs.
The Bruins had the best record in the history of the NHL at 65-12-5, while the Panthers finished with a decent 42-32-8.
In that context, it should be no surprise that the Bruins are very favored to win Game 1 of the series, according to NHL sportsbooks.
Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins Moneyline Odds
- Florida Panthers +185
- Boston Bruins -225
The Bruins had a truly insane 34-4-1-2 record at home this season, a record that was actually better than their NHL record-breaking overall record.
The Panthers are 4-0 in their last four road games entering this matchup, but the home team has won in the last seven games between these two teams.
Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins Puck Line Odds
- Florida Panthers +1.5 -140
- Boston Bruins -1.5 +120
The Bruins were 21-20 on the puck line when playing at home, which means they might be a solid value pick given that they have plus odds in this matchup on the puck line.
The fact that they were so dominant this season means they were almost always on the receiving end of the -1.5 handicap of the puck line, so their overall puck line record actually is a good proxy for how well they overcame that handicap.
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An interesting fact about the puck line is that the Bruins score, on average, 3.67 goals per game, while allowing 2.12.
This means they have an average goal differential of 1.55 goals per game – just over the puck line handicap.
Will that be enough to make this a good bet? Well, given that they have plus odds at the online sportsbooks, it might be.
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