NHL Picks: Bet on Bruins & Maple Leafs to Have a Low Scoring Game

SBR Staff

Monday, November 23, 2015 12:36 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapper is taking a closer look at the Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Monday night game. Join us inside for our free NHL pick and the facts for the play.

Rask Stands Tall In Shutout of Leafs
Tuukka Rask has really struggled for the Bruins so far this year, but he had one of his better outings in a 2-0 shutout win over Toronto on Saturday night. Having a good out vs the Maple Leafs is really nothing new for Rask as he is now 12-4 with a 1.74 GAA in his career vs them. Rask is 6-8 on the year with a 2.95 GAA and his was his 2nd shutout as well. He should get the start in this one also.

All the scoring in the game for Boston came in the third period and it was started by Zdeno Chara (3rd), with just 3:43 left in the game and then the second goal was added by Brad Marchand (8th) with just seven second left and on an empty net. The Bruins check in at 3rd in the league in scoring, putting up 3.3 gpg and they also have the top ranked power play in the league. On defense it has not been as good for the Bruins as they are 24th in the league in goals allowed (2.9 gpg) and 30th in penalty kill. 

 

Toronto Can’t Figure Out Tuukka Rask
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing much better of late, but on Saturday night they faced Tuukka Rask and the Bruins and it was more of the same as they were shutout in the game 2-0. They just can’t figure this guy out as they are now just 4-12 vs him and he has a 1.74 GAA vs them in his career. This was the third time they were shutout this year. Toronto has had issues on offense all year so far as they are 26th in the league in scoring, putting up just 2.2 gpg.

Taking the tough loss in the game was James Reimer, who had 35 stops in the game and allowed just one goal. He is now 7-6 with a very solid 2.01 GAA. Reimer is now 5-8 with a 2.26 GAA vs the Bruins in his career. Toronto has been a decent club defensively this year as they come in ranked 7th in the league in goals allowed, giving up 2.6 gpg. On special teams they are 11th in power play conversions and 13th on the penalty kill. Taking all that in consideration, let's check our NHL pick.

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Boston is:

39-14 in their last 53 in the second game of a home-and-home situation

61-28 in their last 89 vs. a team with a losing record

Toronto is:

6-20 in their last 26 after allowing two goals or less in their previous game

13-39 in their last 52 vs. the Eastern Conference

The Bruins have played much better on the road than at home this year and that should continue in this one, especially since the Maple Leafs have had very little success vs Rask in his career. He has owned them and just shut them out two days ago. Boston also has the advantage of offense here as well. Toronto has been playing better of late, but this one will go the way of Boston. Look for this to be a low scoring affair against the NHL odds.

NHL Pick: Under 5.5 -130 at Pinnacle

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