Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet Pacific; NESN (Boston), FS Florida
ABOUT THE BRUINS (14-8-4): Forward Ryan Donato had the shootout winner Thursday against the New York Islanders and scored in Saturday’s loss after returning from nearly a month in the American Hockey League. “I’ve always kept that intensity level and effort level,” Donato told reporters. “There are just some of the details that maybe I learned in the AHL that maybe make me look or appear more confident, but I’ve always had confidence in my offensive abilities.” Left wing David Pastrnak leads the team with 19 goals and 30 points after scoring twice and setting up two others in the last three contests.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (10-10-5): Left wing Jonathan Huberdeau has strung together five straight multi-point games while accumulating two goals and 11 assists over the past seven contests to take over the team lead with 28 points. Right wing Evgenii Dadonov boasts goals in three straight games and owns seven of his 26 points in the last five contests to sit second on the team – two ahead of left wing Mike Hoffman (12 goals). Captain Aleksander Barkov has recorded three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak and defenseman Keith Yandle boasts seven assists in his past eight contests.
1. Boston G Tuukka Rask owns a .934 save percentage in his last five games overall and a 21-5-1 mark with a .946 SP all time versus the Panthers.
2. Florida G Roberto Luongo (lower body) reportedly went through a full practice Monday and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday.
3. Bruins D Torey Krug, who skipped practice with an undisclosed injury Monday, is riding a five-game assist streak and has 12 in 15 contests this season.