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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins (52-20-12) at Toronto Maple Leafs (49-28-7)

NHL Hockey: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -121 / Boston Bruins -107 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, NBCSN

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday in game three of the NHL Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre.

The Boston Bruins have a chance to take complete control of this series with another victory and a 3-0 lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with four goals, Brad Marchand has five assists and Patrice Bergeron has seven 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 four goals on 60 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 16 games.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Maple Leafs need a victory here in order to have any real chance of getting back and winning this series. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Hyman leads Toronto with one goal, Morgan Rielly has two assists and Mitch Marner has eight 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 eight goals on 45 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed four goals on 23 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed a combined 12 goals in their last two games.

The Bruins are 24-7 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 46-21 in their last 67 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 21-7 in their last 28 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Bruins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto, 3-7 in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Boston Bruins dominated the first two games of this series, but despite how ugly those games were, the Toronto Maple Leafs have still had the upperhand over them overall in the last 10 meetings. The Maple Leafs also have the speed advantage and the offense to take advantage of the Bruins in this series, and we saw some of that in the game two loss, as they scored three goals and had 33 shots. Toronto also won 14 more faceoffs than Boston in the game two loss. There are some positives to take away from the Maple Leafs despite the 0-2 hole. Playing at home does wonders for a young team. If the defense can give the offense a chance this time, I like the Toronto Maple Leafs to get on the board.

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