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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-1) at Boston Bruins (14-10-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Boston Bruins -108 / Toronto Maple Leafs -120 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NESN, CBC
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NHL | Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-1) at Boston Bruins (14-10-4)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 18 goals, Mitch Marner has 34 assists and Morgan Rielly has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 53 goals on 770 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 18 goals on 204 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Boston Bruins could use a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 27 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 20 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 17 assists and Brad Marchand has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 34 goals on 394 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 34 goals on 497 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.

The Maple Leafs are 11-3 in their last 14 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Bruins are 36-15 in their last 51 home games, 78-38 in their last 116 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Maple Leafs are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Boston. The under is 19-7-1 in Bruins last 27 overall. The over is 5-0 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team I've been looking to back a lot this season, but the Boston Bruins feel due for a breakout win and are still a tough out at home, despite them not being as good this season as past years. The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Maple Leafs and Bruins. We're getting a slightly cheaper price with the Bruins at home. I'll take it. 

Pick:
Boston Bruins -108

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