NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, October 11th (All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (0-1-1-0) at Florida Panthers (1-0-0-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins continue the search for their first victory of the season tonight when they visit the Florida Panthers at the Office Depot Center.
After rallying to tie the champion New Jersey Devils on Wednesday in Beantown, the Bruins dropped a 5-1 decision to host Tampa Bay on Friday. P.J. Axelsson scored the lone goal for Boston, while Felix Potvin allowed four goals on 20 shots before being pulled to start the third period. Andrew Raycroft mopped up for Potvin and stopped 4-of-5 shots.
The Bruins' special teams play has become a concern in the season's infancy. Boston is a meager 1-for-7 on the power play thus far, and has allowed opponents to go 6-for-11 with the man-advantage.
Boston opened a six-game road trip Friday and will visit Dallas on Wednesday.
Florida, meanwhile, posted a 3-1 home victory against Carolina on Thursday. Kristian Huselius's goal at 7:37 of the third period snapped a tie and lifted the Panthers past the Canes. Niklas Hagman and Viktor Kozlov also tallied goals for the Panthers, who are trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Roberto Luongo stopped 31 shots for Florida.
Rookie Florida center Nathan Horton, the third overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, made his NHL debut in the win, registering three shots and a plus-1 on the night.
The Panthers, who have not opened 2-0 since 1999-2000, will visit Carolina on Monday.
Boston went 2-1-1 against Florida last season and is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings. The B's have won in three of their last four trips to Sunrise.
10/11 11:59:24 ET