Boston begins the trip on a three-game winless streak, and with just one victory in its last eight contests (1-3-3-1). Florida, meanwhile, has lost two in a row and is winless in its last five.
The Bruins fell to 0-1-2 in their last three games on Monday, skating to a 2-2 tie at home with the Ottawa Senators.
Glen Murray, who had a goal and an assist, gave Boston a 2-1 lead with a breakaway goal 6:45 into the second period, but Ottawa tied it with 3:39 remaining in the second as the Bruins dropped to 0-2-3 in their last five home games.
“We just didn’t play good enough,” Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’ve got to be more consistent from game to game and period to period.”
Bruins center Brian Rolston also felt like his team didn’t play with much urgency.
“If we don’t come out with a hard effort every night, we’re not going to win hockey games,” Rolston said. “That’s the bottom line. We have to go as hard as we can every night.”
Following Wednesday’s game, the Bruins face Washington, Ottawa and Montreal on their trip.
Florida dropped to 0-2-2-1 in its last five games with a 4-3 overtime loss Saturday to the Atlanta Thrashers at the Office Depot Center.
The Panthers led 3-1 in the second period, but Atlanta went on to score the next three goals, including the winner at 2:57 of overtime.
Florida squandered a lead of two or more goals for the third time during its five-game winless streak, something goalie Roberto Luongo is concerned about.
“We can’t keep our heads down,” Luongo said. “We’ve got to win some games if we want to make the playoffs.”
The Panthers, who have just four wins in 14 home games this season, conclude their four-game homestand on Friday with a matchup against Montreal.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 8): Bruins - 34 points, 2nd place, 3 PB, Northeast Division. Panthers - 23 points, 3rd place (tied), 9 PB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Rolston and Mike Knuble, 10 goals; Joe Thornton, 22 assists, 28 points and 37 PIM. Panthers - Olli Jokinen, 10 goals; Viktor Kozlov, 11 assists and 17 points; Darcy Hordichuk, 54 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 8): Bruins - Power play: 20.0 percent (19 for 95), 7th in NHL. Penalty killing: 77.9 percent (81 for 104), 28th. Panthers - Power play: 16.0 percent (16 for 100), 14th. Penalty killing: 82.8 percent (111 for 134), 24th.
SEASON SERIES: 0-0-1.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 11; 1-1. At Sunrise, Fla., Sergei Samsonov gave the Bruins the lead 32 seconds into the second period, but Jokinen tied it for the Panthers at 3:17 of the third.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 8-2-1-3 on the road; Panthers - 4-7-2-1 at home.