The Florida Panthers’ postponed road game against the Boston Bruins was rescheduled for April 8 in Boston and will serve as the team’s regular-season finale, the NHL announced Thursday.
With this shift in the schedule, the Panthers will play the Bruins twice in the span of four days to close out the regular season. It also means the teams’ first of four meetings this season won’t occur until March 15.
The game, which was originally supposed to be played in Boston on Jan. 4, was postponed because of a winter storm that impacted the Northeast.
The Panthers, winners of six of their last nine games, are 18-18-6 on the season heading into Friday’s home game against the Calgary Flames — their first home game since Dec. 30. Heading into Thursday, the Panthers were five points out from the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot. The Bruins (23-10-7) are in second place in the Atlantic Division with 53 points.
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The last time out, the Panthers defeated the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Tuesday. Vincent Trocheck led the way with two goals, while Jonathan Huberdeau and NHL All-Star selection Aleksander Barkov each had a goal along with two assists. Goalie James Reimer saved 26 of 30 shots that he faced.