GAME: Florida Panthers (21-25-13-3) at Boston Bruins (30-14-12-6).
TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Boston Bruins are clearly comfortable on the road, but their play at
home has been perplexing.
The Bruins will make their first appearance at FleetCenter in nearly three
weeks when they meet the Florida Panthers.
Boston is just three points out of the top spot in the NHL because it has
amassed 46 points in 34 road games. The Bruins have lost just once in
regulation in their last 14 away from FleetCenter (9-1-2-2). They have also
earned at least one point in 12 straight games overall, including nine in a row
on the road.
However, the Bruins, who last played in Boston on Feb. 3, have won just 12
of 28 home games (12-8-7-1).
"The other teams in front of us are still winning," forward Glen Murray
said. "We have to make sure we get the points ... because obviously we want to
step up and be on the home ice (in the playoffs)."
Boston had to fight hard for its point on the road in Saturday's 3-3 tie
with Carolina, as it was outshot 38-27 but rallied three times from a deficit.
Brian Rolston scored the equalizer with 7:19 left in the third period, and
Murray continued his recent tear with a pair of goals.
"I think we're just being smarter," Rolston said. "All the little things
are getting done."
Murray has 15 goals and six assists in his last 17 games.
The Panthers will try to extend their unbeaten streak to four games when
they conclude a six-game road trip.
Florida squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 tie at Washington on Saturday.
Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo gave up the tying goal on a deflection off a
"Obviously, it's frustrating to see a lucky goal, but we were still up 2-1
and there's no reason to think that they would get another one after that,"
said Luongo, who had 23 saves.
Mike Van Ryn and Kristian Huselius scored for the Panthers, 1-2-2 during
STANDINGS: Panthers - 58 points, 2nd place, 16 PB, Southeast Division.
Bruins - 78 points, 3rd place, 3 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Panthers - Olli Jokinen, 18 goals; Valeri Bure, 21 assists and
38 points; Darcy Hordichuk, 114 PIM. Bruins - Murray, 27 goals; Joe Thornton,
45 assists and 61 points; Doug Doull, 103 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 21): Panthers - Power play: 16.1 percent (36 for
224), 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.4 percent (40 for 274), 6th. Bruins -
Power play: 16.5 percent (38 for 231), 13th. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent (41
for 252), 20th.
GOALTENDERS: Panthers - Luongo (18-25-12, 4 SO, 2.32 GAA); Steve Shields
(3-3-1, 3.38). Bruins - Andrew Raycroft (21-13-7, 3, 1.95); Felix Potvin
(9-7-5, 3, 2.77).
SEASON SERIES: Panthers, 1-0-2.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 24; Panthers, 2-1. At Boston, Luongo turned aside 43
shots, seven days after making a season-high 50 saves.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Panthers - 9-16-7-1 on the road; Bruins - 12-8-7-1 at