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Bruins vs. Maple Leafs - 12/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (20-14-3) at Boston Bruins (19-15-3)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Bruins -173 / Toronto Maple Leafs +156 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, SPNET

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins play Wednesday night at the TD Garden.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost five of their last six games and continue their lengthy road trip. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have three power play goals in their last five games and have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 17 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 18 assists and Tyler Bozak has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 64 goals on 815 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 44 goals on 461 shots.

Bruins vs. Maple Leafs - 12/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Bruins are starting to find their way as they’ve won four of their last six games. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have three power play goals in their last four games and have won five straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 10 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 20 assists and Reilly Smith has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 23 goals on 282 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 72 goals on 809 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record and 17-36 in their last 53 road games. The Bruins are 43-17 in their last 60 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. The Maple Leafs are 5-14 in the last 19 meetings in Boston and 7-16 in the last 23 meetings overall.

The Bruins are starting to play Boston hockey and seem to be ready to make that playoff push. When you add that to the fact Boston is usually unbeatable at home, the Bruins have to be the pick here. Take the home team as long as the chalk doesn't bother you.

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Boston Bruins -173

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