Bruins vs. Panthers Game 5 Prediction: Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 13, 2024

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers can punch their ticket to a second straight Eastern Conference Final with a home victory in Game 5 of their semifinal series against Boston on Tuesday night.

Boston
47-20-12-3
AT
May 14, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
BB&T Center
Florida
52-24-4-2
Puckline +1.5 -150
Moneyline +180
Over / Under o +5.5

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Puckline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -225
Over / Under u +5.5

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The hometown Cats are -215 favourites to win on the NHL odds.

Bruins vs. Panthers NHL Betting Odds

Tuesday is the second elimination game the Bruins have faced in these playoffs after beating visiting Toronto 2-1 in overtime in Game 7 of their first-round series. When trailing a best-of-7 series 3-1 all-time, Boston is 0-25 in it. When leading a series 3-1, Florida is 3-0.

On the updated series line, the Panthers are -2500 (were -500 entering Game 3) and the Bruins +1100 (were +380). On the series game spread, Florida at -1.5 is -700 and Boston +1.5 is +500.

By far the biggest injury to monitor for Game 5 is Bruins captain and forward Brad Marchand. This writer honestly didn’t expect that throwback-type guy to miss Game 4 with an upper-body injury, so it seems a little doubtful he could play 48 hours later. Marchand, who leads the team with 10 playoff points, is officially day-to-day and will travel so there’s a shot.

Boston Bruins

We thought the Bruins might make a change from Jeremy Swayman to Linus Ullmark in net for Game 4, but that was not the case. Swayman was great for almost two periods Sunday and finished with 38 saves, but allowed at least three goals for a third straight game in the crushing 3-2 loss after leading 2-0 late in the second. Boston had been 4-0 this postseason when leading by multiple goals in a contest. Ullmark allowed three goals for a loss in his one postseason start in Round 1 but had spectacular regular-season numbers against Florida. David Pastrnak (fourth of the playoffs) and Brandon Carlo (third) had the goals Sunday. It was Pastrnak’s 15th career power-play goal in the postseason, one shy of Johnny Bucyk (16) for fifth most in Bruins history. Carlo only had four regular-season goals. He is the first Boston blueliner with at least three in the playoffs since 2019. Since scoring five goals in Game 1, the Bruins have totalled five.

Florida Panthers

We backed Florida to win 4-3 on Sunday in Game 4, but it was 3-2 instead as it rallied from a 2-0 hole. Anton Lundell’s first goal of the playoffs at 14:48 of the second started the comeback, Sam Bennett’s second goal of the postseason tied it at 3:41 of the third – there was a lot controversy on that regarding goalie interference on Bennett by pushing Boston defenceman Charlie Coyle into Jeremy Swayman, but review up held the challenge — and Aleksander Barkov’s fifth of the playoffs proved to be the winner at 7:31. It was Barkov’s third game-winner of this postseason, second-most among all NHL players. The franchise record for one postseason is four by Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe, both last year. Barkov also reached 50 career playoff points in his 56th game, tying Saku Koivu as the fourth-fastest Finnish-born player to reach 50. In the third period Sunday, Florida surrendered just two shots on goal and eight shot attempts. Sergei Bobrovsky has started each game in net these playoffs, and that won’t change in Game 5.

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