Terrible prediction for Bruins from NHL scout

This doesn't bode well for the B's.

Michael W.

The Boston Bruins are on to the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after taking down the Toronto Maple Leafs in yet another Game 7 victory on home ice at TD Garden. It was the 4th such occasion that has taken place since 2013, and the 2nd that Toronto's hopes were dashed in overtime. 

The reward for the Bruins is that they now get to face the Florida Panthers in Round 2, and unlike last season, they'll be starting the series on the road after Florida was nothing short of a juggernaut all season long. They dispatched the in-state rival Tampa Bay Lightning in five games, and show no discernible signs of weakness. 

Will the Bruins be able to flip the script on Florida this time around after last season's shocking upset? According to one NHL Scout, that isn't likely. In his mind, the Panthers are simply too good and are built for playoff hockey. 

“The simple answer, in my opinion, based on scouting both of these teams a lot this season, is no,” said the unnamed scout. “The Panthers are just too loaded at all positions, and they’re built for the playoffs. They can score and win high-scoring games, beat you into oblivion, and win the hard, grinding low-scoring games.”

“They make you think twice, and they make you hurt,” the scout continued. “Their forecheck is relentless, and they hit you any chance they get. I don’t care how good you are, how tough you are, whatever; they make you look over your shoulder, and that causes you to make mistakes. That’s how they beat the Bruins last spring, and I think they will do it again this year. I think the Bruins do have a never-quit attitude and experience, but the Panthers have that experience now, too. Panthers in 6.”

The series will get underway from Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, FL later this evening at 8:00 PM EST. It was an upset last year when the Panthers defeated the Bruins; this year, the opposite will hold true if the Bruins can overcome the Panthers. 

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