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Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers Game 2: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The pressure is on the Florida Panthers as the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue with Game 2 of their second-round series against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in the Sunshine State.

Fresh off a seven-game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins went on the road and stole Game 1 from the Panthers 5-1 on Monday.

Florida took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period before the floodgates opened for Boston.

With Game 2’s puck drop set for Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN, it’s time to break down the betting odds and make our picks.  

Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers Game 2 betting picks and predictions  

Florida Panthers -1.5 (+150)

There is no way to sugarcoat it; the series opener was rough for Florida.

Rust proved to be a bigger factor than rest, as the Panthers had exactly one full week off since disposing of Tampa Bay in just five games.

That obviously won’t be a problem for the Panthers on Wednesday. It wasn’t pretty by any means, but at least they have a game under their belts at this point.

The home team should come out with intensity – desperation, even – and deliver the kind of performance that we have been much more accustomed to seeing from it throughout the season.

Florida won the Atlantic Division with 110 points before having little trouble with the Tampa Bay Lightning – highlighted by a 6-1 beatdown in Game 5 of the teams' first-round series.

For a number of reasons, Game 1 was likely an aberration as opposed to the rule. One, the Panthers had been 3-0 at home in these playoffs prior to Monday’s surprising setback. Two, Sergei Bobrovsky’s four goals against were uncharacteristic. Bobrovsky went 36-17-4 and compiled a 2.37 goals-against average to go along with a .915 save percentage during the regular season.

There is not much value on the Panthers’ Money Line at -170, so a riskier – but superior – play is on them to cover the -1.5 Puck Line at +150.

Under 5.5 Total Goals (-120)

As mentioned, Bobrovsky has generally been awesome this season. It was no surprise to see Florida limit Tampa Bay to no more than two goals in three of the five games in their first-round series.

At the other end of the ice, Jeremy Swayman has been outstanding for Boston. The only games Swayman lost during the first round against Toronto were 2-1 decisions, and one of those went to overtime.

In seven total starts during these playoffs, he is sporting a 1.42 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage. It’s also worth noting that Game 1 was tied 0-0 after more than 31 minutes of play.

Things got out of hand for the Panthers thereafter, but such defensive generosity is unlikely to happen twice in a row. The Under is the way to play Game 2. 

Vladimir Tarasenko Over 0.5 points (+120) 

There is great value on Panthers winger Tarasenko to record at least one point at well into plus money.

Florida’s veteran forward found the box score in three of the last four games in the first-round series against Tampa Bay, producing a goal and two assists.

He also wrapped up the regular season by notching at least one point in nine of his last 12 contests.

Tarasenko has enjoyed plenty of success against Boston in 2023-24. He recorded a point in all three of his games against the Bruins (one goal, two assists). More production should be in store for the 32-year-old on Wednesday.    

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Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers Game 2 odds  

BOS Bruins

+150 ML

FLA Panthers

-180 ML

Puck Line

FLA Panthers -1.5

Total Goals

O/U 5.5

Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers Game 2 player props  

Anytime Goalscorer

Sam Reinhart (FLA)

+120

David Pastrnak (BOS)

+125

Matthew Tkachuk (FLA)

+170

Carter Verhaeghe (FLA)

+170

Brad Marchand (BOS)

+220

Jake DeBrusk (BOS)

+300

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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