Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/19/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (52-21-12) at Toronto Maple Leafs (50-28-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -121 / Boston Bruins -108 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, NBCSN
The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in game four of the NHL Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre.
The Boston Bruins hope to retake full control of this series by winning here and improving to a 3-1 series 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 10 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 eight goals on 90 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 17 games.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs can get right back in this series with a victory here, tying things up at 2-2. 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 two goals, Morgan Rielly has four assists and Mitch Marner has nine 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 10 goals on 87 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed four goals on 23 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed two goals in four of their last six games.
The Bruins are 0-5 in their last 5 road games, 12-2 in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest and 46-22 in their last 68 overall. The Maple Leafs are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games, 35-17 in their last 52 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games. The Bruins are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto, 3-8 in the last 11 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Boston Bruins have pretty much outplayed the Toronto Maple Leafs in every game this series, even in their game three loss, as they outshot Toronto 42-30. However, the speed of the Maple Leafs is key in this series and the home crowd certainly gives this young squad a pep in its step. The Maple Leafs are a different team on their home ice and can really light it up offensively if you're not careful. The Bruins are the deeper, more physical team and is bound to bury some of those good looks eventually. But the Maple Leafs have found a way all season at home, and I don't like to bet against them in these spots. I'll take the home team for the cheap price.