Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
|Date & Time||Saturday April 13, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +125 / Boston Bruins -145 -- Over/Under: 6
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in game two of the NHL first round at the TD Garden.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another road victory to take a 2-0 series lead back home. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Mitch Marner leads Toronto with two goals, John Tavares has one assist and Andreas Johnsson has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing one goal per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up one goal on 38 shots faced. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Boston Bruins need a victory here to tie up the series and given themselves a real chance of advancing. The Boston Bruins are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with one goal, Torey Krug has one assist and Marcus Johansson has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing four goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up three goals on 32 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Bruins are 14-4 in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest, 48-21 in their last 69 games as a home favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite. The Maple Leafs are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Maple Leafs last 6 overall. The over is 7-3 in Bruins last 10 overall.
The Boston Bruins actually had more shot attempts and less giveaways, and they still lost game one rather convincingly. The Toronto Maple Leafs showed just how explosive they can be, scoring four goals without taking advantage of the power play and scoring on 12.1 percent of their total shots. The Boston Bruins have a history of buckling down this time of year when needed and they usually turn to their defense, so I expect a better performance. However, like I said before game one, there's something about getting an explosive team and plus money. If the Maple Leafs can control and pace and get quality shots off, there's no reason why they can't steal another game on the road. I'll side with the plus money again.