The Boston Bruins are clearly comfortable on the road, but their play at home has been perplexing.
The Bruins will make their first appearance at FleetCenter in nearly three weeks when they meet the Florida Panthers.
Boston is just three points out of the top spot in the NHL because it has amassed 46 points in 34 road games. The Bruins have lost just once in regulation in their last 14 away from FleetCenter (9-1-2-2). They have also earned at least one point in 12 straight games overall, including nine in a row on the road.
However, the Bruins, who last played in Boston on Feb. 3, have won just 12 of 28 home games (12-8-7-1).
“The other teams in front of us are still winning,” forward Glen Murray said. “We have to make sure we get the points … because obviously we want to step up and be on the home ice (in the playoffs).”
Boston had to fight hard for its point on the road in Saturday’s 3-3 tie with Carolina, as it was outshot 38-27 but rallied three times from a deficit.
Brian Rolston scored the equalizer with 7:19 left in the third period, and Murray continued his recent tear with a pair of goals.
“I think we’re just being smarter,” Rolston said. “All the little things are getting done.”
Murray has 15 goals and six assists in his last 17 games.
The Panthers will try to extend their unbeaten streak to four games when they conclude a six-game road trip.
Florida squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 tie at Washington on Saturday. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo gave up the tying goal on a deflection off a teammate’s skate.
“Obviously, it’s frustrating to see a lucky goal, but we were still up 2-1 and there’s no reason to think that they would get another one after that,” said Luongo, who had 23 saves.