Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
|Date & Time||Sunday April 21, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins +100 / Toronto Maple Leafs -122 -- Over/Under: 6
The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Sunday in game six of the NHL first round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Boston Bruins need a road victory here to force a game seven on Tuesday. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 35.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with two goals, Torey Krug has three assists and David Pastrnak has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 13 goals on 166 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for back-to-back victories to secure their spot in the second round of the playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with four goals, Morgan Rielly has four assists and Mitchell Marner has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 64.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 13 goals on 174 shots faced. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 16 games.
The Bruins are 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-6 in their last 8 playoff games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 39-18 in their last 57 games as a home favorite, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Bruins last 10 overall. The under is 7-2 in Maple Leafs last 9 overall.
While neither team has been able to take complete control of this series yet, it's fair to say that the Toronto Maple Leafs have had more high moments and shown more consistency. And it's been the case all season, the Maple Leafs are at their best when locked in defensively and slowing the game down. We know Toronto is explosive offensively and can score two or three goals a period out of nowhere. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won every game this series when they've controlled the pace, and they've won 11 of their last 15 games overall when allowing three or less goals. Toronto has also won 11 of its last 17 games when favored at home. With a trip to the next round on the line, I like the Maple Leafs chances of closing the deal.