NHL Preview and Free Pick: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are tied at a game apiece as their first-round playoff series
heads North of the Border for Game 3. The Maple Leafs picked up a 4-1 victory at Boston in the first
game, while the Bruins returned the favor by the same score in game two.
Date/Time/TV: Mon. April 15, 7:00 PM EST, NBCSN
Money Line: Boston Bruins +100, Toronto Maple Leafs -120
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Preview
The Bruins quickly took control of the second game with first period goals from Charlie Coyle and
Brad Marchand. Danton Heinen added on an unassisted goal in the 2nd, while Patrice Bergeron
slapped a power play goal in the final period to round out the scoring. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots
in the win.
In game one, the Maple Leafs were down 1-0 in the 1st before they took control. Mitch Marner
scored two while William Nylander and John Tavares added on goals. Fredrik Anderson pushed
aside 37 pucks as the visitors got the win.
Boston finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season with 107 points.
The team coasted a bit towards the end of the year and checks in at 5-5 (6-4 O/U) over the last 10.
During the regular season, the club was 20-15-6 on the road.
Rask is the probable starter for tonight’s game. He was 27-13-5 this season with a 2.48 GAA and
.912 save percentage. Rask has stopped 59 of the 63 shots he has faced in the playoffs. Brad
Marchand topped the team with 64 assists and 100 points during the season, while David Pastrnak
was the leading goal scorer with 38.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto wrapped up the year in 5th place in the east with 100 points. The team was also on cruise
control as the year wound down, dropping three of their last four games. The Maple Leafs were solid
at home this season with a mark of 23-16-2.
Andersen is the likely starter in goal this evening. He was 36-16-7 this year with a .917 save
percentage and 2.77 GAA. Through two playoff games, Andersen has allowed five goals on 74 shots.
John Tavares led the team in goals this year with 47, while Mitch Marner was tops with 68 assists
and 94 points.
Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Prediction
During the regular season, Boston had a 3-1 edge over Toronto. For the last 10 meetings, the Bruins
have a 6-4 advantage. Totals are 4-5-1 over that span. This is a rematch from a first-round playoff
series from last season, which was won by Boston in seven games.
These two squads match up really well, and this series could easily go the distance. For tonight,
Toronto is a slight home favorite. We’ll look for them to get the victory and take a 2-1 series lead.
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -120
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