Bruins Have Revenge on the Mind Against The Maple Leafs

Dana Lane

Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:07 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 7:07 PM UTC

The Boston Bruins dropped a heartbreaker last night to the Toronto Maple Leafs but get an immediate chance to avenge the loss at TD Garden; Puck drops at 7:00 ET / 4:00 PT.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins

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The Toronto Maple Leafs were without Auston Mathews once again but it didn’t matter last night as the Leafs found a way to steal a 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins. James van Riemsdyk scored with a minute left in the third to tie the game at two and Patrick Marleau finished the comeback off with his 7th in overtime to break the hearts of the Bruins.

Tonight is a game that you can really take note of because it will tell you what type of leadership the Bruins have in the room. Is this a team that will be down on themselves because they can’t seem to save a lead this year or will this be a team that will come back, determined to show Toronto they’re the better team. We’ve seen this scenario a few times recently where the Bruins snatched defeat from the hands of victory but came back the next time out stronger. We remember their inexcusable loss to the Buffalo Sabres three weeks ago as a -179 favorite on the NHL odds. They led 4-2 heading into the third period before allowing an Evander Kane game-tying goal with less than three minutes remaining, leading an eventual overtime loss. The next time after that defeat they played a complete 60 minutes against the San Jose Sharks, winning a gritty 2-1 battle.

A week again the Bruins lost a close game against the Capitals then bounced right back two days later to whip the Minnesota Wild, 5-3.

I know we don’t talk about it enough but home-ice advantage is huge, especially when you’re handicapping two similar teams. Home favorites this season are 132-116 this season which isn’t great but over the course of the year, you’ll see the division between wins and losses separate.

The Bruins are depleted with David Backes, David Krejci, Ryan Spooner, and Adam McQuaid out of the line-up but that still leaves Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak. They make up as good of a line as you’ll see in the league. The reality is they are relied on too heavy but when they’re on they can produce six pints on their own. Marchand has recently come back from injury and you know I don’t start relying on star players to make an impact on a few games or at least game two. From a trends perspective, are an amazing 44-15 in the second of a back to back situation while the Leafs are a less encouraging 21-44 in the same situation.

Despite all the injuries the Bruins have had to overcome there is some fight and pride in this team which allows me to back them tonight.

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