BRUINS (20-7-6) at PANTHERS (15-11-5)
7 p.m. ET; FS-F, NESN, NHL.TV
The Boston Bruins will look to end a season-long five-game winless streak when they visit the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.
The Bruins, 0-4-1 in their past five games following eight consecutive victories, are on their longest streak without a win since they went 0-5-0 from March 15-24, 2016. Boston has lost its past four in regulation, outscored 15-7.
The Panthers have lost two straight and are 3-6-0 in their past nine games.
Florida defeated Boston 5-4 in a shootout at TD Garden on Nov. 12, when it rallied from being down 4-0 in the third period, the biggest comeback in its history.
Players to watch
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has two goals in three games since returning from a lower-body injury.
Panthers forward Mike Hoffman has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.
They said it
"We're kind of going through it right now and trying to find a recipe to get back in the win column. As frustrating as it is, it's just a handful of games in December. A little bit of perspective goes a long way. At the same time, we want to win. We're competitors and no one is really happy in here. That being said, in perspective." -- Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy
"We need a lot more urgency than we saw in the last two games. We didn't deserve those two games (a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday and a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday). Tonight, we have to go out and earn it against arguably the best team in our division so far. It's going to be a challenge, but we want to rise up to those challenges and this is a big one." -- Panthers defenseman Anton Stralman
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Brett Ritchie
Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk -- John Moore
Scratched: Par Lindholm, David Backes, Connor Clifton
Injured: Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia)
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov
Mike Hoffman -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly
Frank Vatrano -- Noel Acciari -- Denis Malgin
Dominic Toninato -- Brian Boyle -- Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
MacKenzie Weegar -- Anton Stralman
Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk
Scratched: Josh Brown
Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (upper body)
The Bruins did not hold a morning skate after having a day off Friday. … Matheson will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the first time this season against the New York Islanders on Thursday. … Bobrovsky will make a fifth consecutive start after stopping 136 of 142 shots (.958 save percentage) in his past four.
DeBrusk needs one point to reach 100 in the NHL. … Coyle is one goal shy of 100 in the League. … Yandle has 24 points (two goals, 22 assists) in 27 games against Boston. … Florida was 0-for-6 on the power play in its past two games after going 4-for-11 in its previous three.