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Need to Know: Bruins at Panthers

Another strong team effort vital for Boston

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins (4-4-0) broke their three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night and will be looking to carry that momentum into a divisional clash with the Florida Panthers (4-4-1) Tuesday night in South Florida.

Florida (fifth place) sits 1 point ahead of the Bruins (sixth place) in the Atlantic Division standings.

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. EST on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Here is everything you need to know:

What to Watch For

There was a clear difference in the Bruins play on Saturday night in Detroit. The confidence and poise with which they played was vital to snapping their three-game skid.

It is probably not a coincidence that the Black & Gold had their ace goalie back in net. Tuukka Rask returned from a three-game injury-related absence to make 24 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Red Wings.

Rask has been between the pipes for all four Bruins victories and is now 4-0-0 for the first time in his career. His 1.25 goals against average is good for third in the NHL, while his .958 save percentage is second.

Building off of their first shutout of the season with another strong team performance is of high priority for the Bruins.

"I think we had good focus there," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "It was impressive because we had lost three in a row and I think our guys were determined to really play well.

"Hopefully it continues. It was just one game, far from saying we've turned the corner, but I like the direction we've gone in in the last four or five days."

Video: Rask, Bruins look to build off 2-1 win over Wings

Opposing View

Like the Bruins, Florida ended a three-game losing streak in their last contest against Detroit Sunday. Colton Sceviour notched his first career hat trick in the 5-2 win.

The 27-year-old forward is in his first season with Florida after spending his first five years with Dallas. Sceviour tallied a career-high 11 goals (and 23 points) last season and is already almost halfway to that total, having scored five goals through nine games.

Sceviour sits four points behind fellow first-year Panther Jonathan Marchessault, who has 11 (six goals, five assists) to lead the team.

Jaromir Jagr continues to plug along with a goal and three assists. The 44-year-old is expected to tie Dave Andreychuk for sixth-place (1,639) on the all-time games played list when he suits up against the Bruins Tuesday night.

Roberto Luongo, who had the night off against Detroit, has been between the pipes for six of the Panthers' nine games and has posted a 3-3-0 record with a 2.33 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

Florida is without three core members of their Atlantic Division-winning squad from a year ago. Nick Bjugstad (upper-body) and Jonathan Huberdeau (lower-body) are on injured reserved, while Jussi Jokinen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury

Wait, There's More

  • Patrice Bergeron missed the morning skate and was termed a game-time decision by Julien. Forward Sean Kuraly was recalled from Providence Tuesday morning on an emergency basis. He joined the team for morning skate and will be available for tonight's game against Florida.
  • The Bruins will be without both David Backes (elbow injury) and David Pastrnak (suspension) once again on Tuesday. Pastrnak is eligible to return on Thursday night in Tampa Bay.
  • Julien said Backes is "doubtful for the next two games" as he recovers from elbow surgery. Julien did say there is no longer a concern for infection and Backes could be back skating in the next couple of days.
  • Boston's fourth line continued its stout performance against Detroit, with Tim Schaller notching his first goal as a Bruin. Sustained offensive production from the trio of Schaller, Dominic Moore, and Noel Acciari would be an added bonus for the Bruins.
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