PANTHERS (14-11-4) at BRUINS (15-9-3)
TV: SN1, FS-N, NESN
Season series: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored two goals and goaltender Tuukka Rask made 31 saves in a 3-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 30 at BB&T Center. Defenseman Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal for the Bruins; forward Nick Bjugstad had a power-play goal for the Panthers.
Panthers team scope: Defenseman Brian Campbell practiced Friday. He needed stitches after being checked into the boards Thursday against the Washington Capitals but did not sustain a broken nose, according to the Miami Herald. He is expected to play Saturday. Defenseman Steven Kampfer has a lower-body injury and is not traveling on this four-game road trip. Defenseman Dylan Olsen was recalled Friday from Portland of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. In a corresponding roster move, Bjugstad was placed on injured reserve. Bjugstad has missed the past six games because of an upper-body injury. Forward Jaromir Jagr can move past Marcel Dionne into sole possession of fourth all-time in goals. Jagr tied Dionne by scoring No. 731 to open the scoring in the 4-1 win against the Capitals on Thursday.
Bruins team scope: With its opponent one point back in the Atlantic Division, coach Claude Julien said he isn't worried about Boston getting up for this game. "We don't have a choice. Just have to look at the standings," he said Friday in comments tweeted by the Bruins. Forward Loui Eriksson has goals in consecutive games; he scored shorthanded Wednesday to spark a three-goal third period in a 3-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens. That ran Boston's road record to 10-2-2, best in the Eastern Conference. But the Bruins are 5-7-1 at TD Garden. Forward Jimmy Hayes said he sees room for improvement. "That's what teams do. They start getting better and better, they find ways to win, and that's what we're trying to do every night," he said.