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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 4/12/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (49-26-7) at Boston Bruins (50-20-12)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Bruins -155 / Toronto Maple Leafs +136 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in game one of the NHL Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at the TD Garden.

The Toronto Maple Leafs come into the playoffs winning six of their last nine games and hope to keep that momentum going with a 1-0 series lead. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.9 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with 36 goals, Mitch Marner has 47 assists and William Nylander has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 182 goals on 2,211 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 35 goals on 528 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games. 

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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 4/12/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Bruins come into the playoffs losing five of their last eight games and hope they can get back on track with a victory here. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 35 goals, David Pastrnak has 45 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 224 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 125 goals on 1,513 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 76 goals on 876 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or four goals in five of their last eight games.

The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Bruins are 22-7 in their last 29 home games, 13-4 in their last 17 Thursday games and 44-21 in their last 65 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston, 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs just three times in the last 13 years, and the lack of experience in big game situations can hurt a team, especially when going up against a Boston Bruins squad that's used to making Stanley Cup Final runs and has countless guys with double-digit years under their belts. Either way, I'm backing the Toronto Maple Leafs and the plus money. The Bruins didn't finish the season strong and failed to lockup the top seed in the East with a rough loss to Florida. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a scoring machine and have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins. The Maple Leafs have also scored four or more goals in seven of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins. There's value on the underdog here based on the history.

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