Bruins to Finish Off the Leafs with Convincing Victory

Friday, April 20, 2018 6:01 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 6:01 PM UTC

Mike Babcock should get a speech tonight, you know, the one where he talks about how the future is bright and he’s excited to get back to work next season. Boston has won 21 of their last 26 at home.

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Toronto Maple Leafs (3) vs Boston Bruins (1)

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Free NHL Pick: Bruins -120 (Regulation Time Only)Best Line Offered: at BetMania

Mike Babcock should get speech tonight, you know, the one where he talks about how the future is bright and he’s excited to get back to work next season. Perhaps he could just reuse the same remarks he made in last year post game presser. The NHL’s highest paid coach will once again find the exit door after another loss to the Boston Bruins, Saturday. Game five puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 ET/5:00 PT and can be seen on NBC, CBC, TVAS, and Sports Net.

None of the opening numbers on Saturday gives us many options but there is a little known bet that few take advantage of that will drastically reduce the juice. Such is the case with the Boston Bruins / Toronto Maples, game six, where the opener on the SBR odds page is asking Bruins supporters to lay -180, bet up from -175 opener. There isn’t any circumstance where I’m betting the side but if you shop a few of the SBR approved books, you’ll find the option of betting these teams to win in regulation time. By betting Boston to win in 60 minutes you’ll only have to lay -120 in return.

The ‘total’ will present the typical 5.5 for game five. There has been a small amount of over wagers so far with the number climbing from -105 each to way, to -106 to -110 (over) at some books. With this being a desperation game, I’m staying away because an ‘under’ winner can turn to an ‘over’ loser with the potential of Toronto having to play with empty net for a longer period of time than normal.

Let’s be honest, there is a big gap between these two teams. The Bruins can take All-Star Patrice Bergeron out of the line-up and replace him with Riley Nash and not miss a beat. By the way, Nash lined right up against Auston Mathews and handled the Toronto sensation with ease. Mathews had just three shots on net while finishing with a -2.

What makes Boston strong is what we already know about them offensively but what many don’t think about is how great they are defensively. We too often think defensemen when talking defense but having a two way forward is priceless and that’s what Boston has. In game three Bruce Cassidy’s team had 12 players with at least one block. They finished with 27 total blocks compared to just nine for the Leafs. That to me is the story; Boston is willing

to do what it takes to protect Tuukka Rask while Toronto still thinks it’s the regular season. This is postseason hockey, Torey Krug finished with four blocks to join Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy who has three each. Boston wants it more as they put an end to the Leafs season. Off to Babcock’s presser.

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