- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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WE MEET AGAIN: Tonight is the fourth of five games between these teams this season. Overall, the Bruins have won the last six games against the Panthers. Boston is 12-2-0 in its last 14 games against Florida. The Bruins are 13-8-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins are 4-1-2 in their last seven games and 9-2-3 in the last 14. Boston is 5-2-0 in its last seven games on home ice. On Sunday, the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 6-3 at Madison Square Garden. Gregory Campbell had two goals and teammate Dougie Hamilton produced his first three-point game with a goal and two assists in the win against New York. Campbell has three goals in the last two games. The Panthers scored four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders Sunday. Florida is 2-7-0 in its last nine games.
MASKED MEN: Chad Johnson will start for the Bruins. He’s 5-0-1 in his last six starts. Overall, he’s 13-3-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage, including one shutout in 18 games this season. This will be his first career game against the Panthers. Tim Thomas (16-19-3, 2.87/.908) will start for Florida. This will be his third start against the Bruins, his former team, and he’s 0-2-0 vs. Boston.
DEADLINE NEARS: Tick. Tock. As the NHL’s trade deadline quickly approaches at 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Bruins are trying to focus on the task at hand and not the rumors swirling around the league. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli would like to add some depth to the blue line, but if he doesn’t pull off a trade, he said he’s comfortable with the way the roster is set up for the stretch run and into the playoffs.