Lauko Forsling identifies key gameday matchups and players to watch throughout the 2023-24 season


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Game 6: Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; MAX, truTV, TNT, SN, TVAS, CBC)

FLA moneyline: -140
BOS moneyline: +120

The Panthers have a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the Bruins in Game 6. Boston trails 3-2 in the series after winning Game 5 on the road. The Bruins have never won a playoff series when down 3-1 (0-25 all-time). The Panthers have scored at least three goals in each of their two road games against the Bruins in this series.

Florida captain Aleksander Barkov has eight points (three goals, five assists) during the series and at least one point in four of the first five games playing on the top line with forward Sam Reinhart, who scored a goal and had a game-high eight shots on goal in the Panthers' 2-1 loss in Game 5. Carter Verhaeghe only has one goal this series but has at least three shots on goal in four straight games. Boston wing Jake DeBrusk has five points (two goals, three assists) during the series with at least one point in four of five games. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy had a multipoint game (one goal, one assist) and six shots on goal in Game 5.

Game 6: Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche (10 p.m. ET; MAX, truTV, TNT, SN1, SN, TVAS)

DAL puckline (+1.5 goals): -250
COL puckline (-1.5 goals): +190

The Stars have a 3-2 lead over the Avalanche in the best-of-7 series. Dallas has scored at least three goals in all five games this round and ranks third in the NHL in road playoff wins the past two postseasons combined (eight). The Avalanche lead the NHL in goals per game this postseason (4.20) but are 3-5 at home over the past two postseasons. Four of the five games in this series have had a goal differential of at least two.

Stars forward Wyatt Johnston leads them with seven goals in 12 games and is tied for the fourth most in the NHL this postseason. The Avalanche are without their leading goal scorer in forward Valeri Nichushkin, who was placed in Stage 3 of the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program on Monday. In his absence, forward Artturi Lehkonen had a multipoint game in Game 5 and has scored six goals in 10 postseason games (tied for seventh most in NHL). Defensemen Cale Makar (five goals in 10 games) of the Avalanche and Miro Heiskanen (five in 12 games) of the Stars are tied for most goals at their position during the playoffs.


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