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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/15/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Date & Time Monday April 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2
The Line
Toronto Maple Leafs -115; O/U: 6
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins shift their Atlantic division semi-final series back to Toronto for the next 2 games starting with a pivotal game 3 on Monday night.

The Bruins responded on Saturday night and salvaged a split heading into Toronto after losing the series opener and they will look to carry that momentum into Game 3 on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena in enemy territory. The Bruins will likely have to answer for the hit Jake Debrusk put on veteran forward Patrick Marleau, and while Nazem Kadri got his revenge and will likely serve a suspension for his cheap shot cross check, expect there to be some fireworks early on in this bitter rivalry. Things won’t come easy for the Bruins in this one though as they have struggled to find a way to win in recent trips to Toronto as they are 2-7 in their last 9 trips to the Ontario capital and they are just 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog which are two trends favoring the Buds in this one.

The Maple Leafs meanwhile perhaps deserved a much better fate in their Game 2 loss to the Bruins as they had some ugly goals given up but at no fault to Frederik Andersen who was absolutely spectacular in the Maple Leafs crease. Toronto will need their goaltender to stay strong if they want a shot at retaking the series lead and with most of the bounces seemingly going in the favor of the Bruins in Game 2 look for that to even out a bit even though we can also expect a bit of a regression in Andersen’s play in this one. Toronto is just 3-7 in their last 10 Conference quarterfinal games dating back to last season and they are just 2-5 in their last 7 contests at home but playoff time in Toronto is a different breed as the fans will surely be loud and proud on Monday night.

The Bruins are 5-2 in their last 7 meetings with the Maple Leafs and 15-5 in their last 20 games following a win while the home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these sides. The Buds will be fired up in this one after the way Game 2 ended and I think we finally see Auston Matthews for the first time in these playoffs as Toronto retakes the series lead.

Pick:
Toronto Maple Leafs -115

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