Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Bruins Looking to Break Out As They Take On Lowly Panthers


Adam McquaidBOSTON –The Bruins are looking to turn things around, and lucky for them, the Florida Panthers are in town.

With the way the B’s are playing right now, though, nothing’s a sure things. Boston has lost four of its last five games, and they’re struggling in all three zones. But as bad as the Bruins are playing, the Panthers have arguably been worse — and they have been that way the entire season.

Florida comes in with one of the league’s worst records. The Panthers come in having lost nine of their last 10, with four of those losses coming in overtime. So if there’s any time for the Bruins to get going, especially with a divisional matchup with Toronto looming on Saturday, this would be the time do so.

Boston had a limited morning skate Monday, with just three players taking the ice. Those three players — Chad Johnson, Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron — are expected to be scratches, or in Johnson’s case, the backup goaltender on Thursday night.

Here are the projected lines for both clubs.

Bruins (8-5-1, 17 points)

Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg — Chris Kelly — Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara — Johnny Boychuk
Dougie Hamilton — Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid

Panthers (3-8-4, 10 points)

Jonathan Huberdeau — Aleksander Barkov — Tomas Fleischmann
Kris Versteeg — Marcel Goc — Tomas Kopecky
Sean Bergenheim — Shawn Matthias — Brad Boyes
Scottie Upshall — Nick Bjugstad — Jesse Winchester

Brian Campbell — Tom Gilbert
Dmitry Kulikov — Mike Weaver
Erik Gudbranson — Ryan Whitney

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During the 2016-2017 regular season, Berkshire Bank Foundation will donate $100 for each Bruins assist to three local non-profit organizations. Click here to see official rules.

As of March 30, the Berkshire Bank Foundation has raised $11,500 for Cradles to Crayons, which provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive -- at home, at school and at play.

Earlier this season, the foundation raised $10,000 for Soldier On, a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, and $12,100 for Birthday Wishes, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness.