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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 4/21/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs (50-29-7) at Boston Bruins (53-21-12)
Date & Time Saturday April 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Boston Bruins -180 / Toronto Maple Leafs +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBC
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The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs take the ice in game five of their opening round NHL playoff series at TD Garden.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have their backs against the wall after Thursday’s 3-1 loss on home ice to Boston has the team looking at a 3-1 series deficit. In their three defeats Toronto has scored five goals after Tomas Plekanec lit the lamp at 7:43 of the first off of assists from Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner. The Maple Leafs received 21 saves from Frederik Andersen in absorbing the loss.

The Boston Bruins rebounded from their first loss of the series behind solid performances at both ends of the ice. Torey Krug opened the scoring for Boston with his goal just 28 seconds in to the first while Brad Marchand tallied in the second while Jake DeBrusk scored in the third. David Pastrnak gave the Bruins a pair of helpers and Tuukka Rask recorded 31 stops for his third win of the series.

Over is 6-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and over is 9-1-1 in Maple Leafs last 11 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 9-1 in Maple Leafs last 10 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 4-0-4 in Bruins last 8 home games and over is 3-0-2 in Bruins last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 4-0-2 in Bruins last 6 games following a win. Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

The postseason has gone from plenty of scoring to more of a defensive style which is what playoff hockey is all about. I say this because I favor Boston here and it’s dangerous to play the regulation line because of the threat of overtime…

Pick:
Boston -.5 or -1 // will update

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