NHL Playoffs Game One: Panthers vs Bruins Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Apr 17)

By · April 17, 2023
  • Eastern Conference favorites kick off their playoff campaign on Monday
  • Boston Bruins have won nine of their last ten

The hard work gets started for the Boston Bruins on Monday, as they continue their hunt for the Stanley Cup. Boston has been the standout team in the NHL throughout the regular season, and they will be hoping to avoid a shock first round exit at the hands of the Florida Panthers.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday, April 17, 2023, at 7:30 p.m ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston
  • How To Watch: NHL TV



Team News

The Boston Bruins continue to be the standout team in the Eastern Conference, and they will be hoping to transfer their regular season form into the playoffs this term. Boston finished top of the Eastern Conference standings, as they enjoyed a record of 65-12-5 throughout the regular campaign.

Their home record throughout was extremely strong, as they went 34-4-3 at TD Garden. Boston ended the season by winning nine of their last ten games, which includes victories in each of their last eight. If they can maintain that form, it may be hard to bet against them reaching the Stanley Cup finals.

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Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers will be looking to cause a seismic shock in the opening round of the playoffs. The Panthers edged into the race for the top prize, as they finished eighth overall. Their end of season form was much better than many of the other rivals, as they landed victories in six of their last ten.

However, the Panthers have suffered the second-most defeats on the road of the sides that have finished in the playoffs spots in the East. They also come into this interesting game after losing their final two games of the regular season, with the latest of those coming against the Carolina Hurricanes.


The Panthers won the most recent showdown between these sides, which was their second victory in three against the Bruins. However, the fact that this game has been won by the team playing at home in each of the last seven bodes well for the Bruins on Monday.



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