Preview: Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers


March 15, 2012: Sunrise, FL, USA; Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) battles against the boards with Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Weaver (43) during the third period at the BankAtlantic Center. The Panthers won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Bruins (10-2-2) will take on the Florida Panthers (5-8-4) at the BB&T Center in Florida. This is the first matchup of three between these two teams in this shortened season.

The Bruins are coming off a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night and seem to have hit a stride after their two game losing streak. The Panthers on the other hand are struggling. They have lost six of their last seven games and are second to last in their division with only fourteen points.

With three days in between games, the Bruins were given the day off on Friday to enjoy the Florida sun, but were back to practice on Saturday morning. With a brutal part of the schedule coming up the next two weeks, it was good for the team to rest their legs. This game for the Panthers will be their third in four days and you can bet their legs are a little bit heavy.

Boston is second in the Northeast division only based on the fact that Montreal has played three more games then the Bruins. It is a dream start for the Bruins but according to Milan Lucic, more can be done. I am paraphrasing here but Lucic said that the results and effort is there but still feels as if more can be done. That is what makes this team great. Even though they are winning games, they want to be better. They want to be the best. The Bruins will look to get a win down in Florida and come back up to the Northeast as this five game road trip nears an end.