Snapshots: Bruins vs. Panthers

In-game news, notes and numbers.

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 7:02 PM Boston Bruins

BRUINS (3-2-0) AT PANTHERS (2-5-0)

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (3-2-0, 1.41 GAA, .951 Save %) vs. Thomas (1-2-0, 5.02 GAA, .850 Save %). Rask is 7-1-0 with a 0.86 GAA and .972 save % with three shutouts in eight career games against Florida. Tonight will mark Thomas's first start against the Boston Bruins.

BRUINS VS FLORIDA LIFETIME: The B’s and Panthers will meet for the 75th time tonight and the first time as members of the same division with the Bruins holding a 36-28-6-4 record and a 207-191 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 20-13-2-1 in their 36 lifetime games against the Panthers in Florida, with a scoring advantage of 105-104 in those contests. The Bruins have win their previous three math cups with the Panthers, sweeping the 2012-13 season series, with their last loss to Florida on March 15, 2012 in a 6-2 setback.

MARCHY'S SUCCESS VS FLORIDA: Bruins forward Brad Marchand has seen point per game success against the Florida Panthers in his career, tallying six goals and five assists in 11 games

FIVE TWO-GAME POINT STREAKS: Entering tonight, the B's have five players with two-game point streaks between Loui Eriksson (2-0=2), Milan Lucic (2-0=2), Johnny Boychuk (0-2=2), David Krejci (0-2=2) and Reilly Smith (0-2=2).

LUCIC REACHES 100 GOAL MILESTONE: Bruins forward Milan Lucic scored his 100th NHL career goal – all coming with the Black & Gold – in the closing minutes of the B’s vs. Detroit Red Wings on October 14 at TD Garden. The winger currently leads the Bruins this season in point production and goals with 3-2=5 totals.

PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Winger Tomas Fleischmann enters tonight leading the Panthers in point production, tallying one goal and six assists through seven games played… Forward Brad Boyes leads the Panthers in the goal scoring department with four…Erik Gudbranson comes into this evening ranked second in the NHL with 30 penalty minutes…Aleksander Barkov, who was drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (2nd overall) is tied for fourth among rookies in scoring, with two goals and three assists in seven games… Tonight marks Tim Thomas's first start against the Boston Bruins..

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 2-for-19 (10.5%, T-25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 13-for-15 (86.7%, 4th NHL)… Panthers power play: 3-for-28 (10.4%, 24th NHL), Panthers penalty kill: 19-for-23 (82.6%, 13th NHL).

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