Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Series Price Odds & Predictions; Déjà vu For Leafs Losing To Bruins

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 6:03 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2019 6:03 PM UTC

The Bruins break the collective heart of Leafs Nation again and beat Toronto in seven games. ...AGAIN!

<p>And so we meet again! For the second straight season and for the third time in the last seven seasons, the Boston Bruins will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Discuss the NHL Playoffs at SBR's Betting Forum">opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs</a> and for the third straight time, the Leafs and their fans will go home heartbroken after another seven-game loss.</p><p>Yes, the Leafs took almost this same Bruins team to seven games without John Tavares last spring and now they come into the series with the prize of last summer's free agency pool coming off a 47-goal season in his first season in Toronto. Yes, on paper the Leafs look deeper up the middle with Tavares, Auston Matthews, and Nazem Kadri vs Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Charlie Coyle. They may even prove to be better on the ice and as a trio, outscore the Bruins' top 3, but Toronto still lacks in two crucial areas in the playoffs: defense and goaltending!</p><p>Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask may get tons of criticism in Boston and may have some playoff blemishes, but the bottom line is that he is a much better goalie than Freddie Andersen! Add in the fact that the B's have a borderline starter as their back-up in Jaro Halak and the Bruins have the clear edge between the pipes.</p><p>On the blue line, the Leafs did add Jake Muzzin who has proven with two Stanley Cup runs with the Kings that he can play playoff hockey, but after that, the Leafs are a collection of Paul Coffey's on the blue line: all offense and no defense. Coffey didn't win Stanley Cups because of how he played, he won because he played with two of the greatest players of all time in Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. The Leafs offense has the potential to be lethal like that Oilers offense was but they're not there yet in the playoffs. With Zdeno Chara finding the fountain of youth and the Bruins' blue line way deeper with Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug, and the underrated Matt Grzelcyk, the Bruins will prevail again. The question now is, <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NHL Picks">how bad will the Leafs choke again in Game 7?</a></p><p>Also, prop bet: Take David Pastrnak to lead the series in scoring. Pastrnak has six goals and three assists against the Leafs this season and in the playoffs last spring against Toronto, he had four goals and five assists in the first two games, including a six-point night in Game 2 that made him the youngest player in Stanley Cup playoffs history to record six points in one playoff game at age 21 then.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Dating back to Game 1 of last year, David Pastrnak has 11 goals and 11 assists (22 points) in his last 11 games vs. the Maple Leafs 👀 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— brock 🥅 (@Brock_Seguin) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;8 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>The Maple Leafs were 46-36 against the spread. They were 23-18 at home and 23-18 on the road. Toronto scored 286 goals and allowed 251. The Leafs were 40-38-4 on the over/under. They were 21-18-2 at home and 19-20-2 on the road. The Leafs were 36-46 on the puck line. Mitch Marner led the team in assists with 68 and points with 94. Tavares led the Leafs in goals with 47.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NHL Odds Board">The Bruins were 49-33 against the spread</a>. They were 20-21 on the road and 29-12 at home. Boston scored 259 goals and allowed 215. The B's were 34-44-4 on the over/under. They were 17-21-3 at home and 17-23-1 on the road. The Bruins were 41-41 on the puck line. Brad Marchand led the team in assists with 64 and in points with 100. Pastrnak led the team in goals with 38.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Goaltending Matchup</strong></h2><ul> <li><strong>For the Leafs</strong>, Freddie Andersen was 36-16-0-7 with a 2.77 GAA and .917 save percentage. Michael Hutchinson was 2-3-0-0 with a 2.64 GAA and .914 save percentage.</li> <li><strong>For the Bruins</strong>, Halak was 22-11-0-4 with a 2.34 GAA and .922 save percentage. Rask was 27-13-0-5 with a 2.48 GAA and .912 save percentage.</li></ul><p> </p><h2><strong>M*A*S*H Report</strong></h2><ul> <li><strong>The Leafs are healthy. </strong></li> <li><strong>For the Bruins</strong>, Kevan Miller (lower-body), John Moore (upper-body) and Sean Kuraly (hand) are day-to-day and will not be in the lineup to start the season.</li></ul><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Series Prediction:</strong> Bruins in 7</p>
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