NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario
When: Wednesday April 17th at 7:00 PM ET
Money Line: Toronto -125
BookMaker has the Toronto Maple Leafs listed as -125 money line favorites over the Boston Bruins. The Toronto Maple Leafs enter this game with a record of 48-29-8 and have lost three of their last five games, but have won two of the three games in the series so far.
The Boston Bruins enter this game with a record of 50-26-9 and have lost three of their last five games including two of the three games in the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Boston Bruins.
The Bruins are 50-26-9 overall and 20-16-6 on the road. The Boston Bruins will be looking to tie the series up at two games apiece with a win, but if they lose they will be down 3-1 and one game away from elimination. Boston is 50-26-9 overall, 20-16-6 on the road and 9-9-2 as an underdog this season.
Brad Marchand leads the team in points with 3. Brad Marchand, Matt Grzelcyk and Torey Krug are tied for the team lead in assists with 2 apiece. Patrice Bergeron and Charlie Coyle are tied for the team lead in goals with 2 apiece. Tuukka Rask is 1-2 with a .928 save % and is allowing 2.37 goals per game.
Boston is averaging 3.13 goals per game which ranks 12th in the NHL. They are averaging 32.88 shots per game which ranks 10th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.8 power plays goals per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL. They are averaging 3.06 power play chances per game which is tied for 8th in the NHL.
The Bruins are allowing 2.62 goals per game which ranks 4th in the NHL.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs are 48-29-8 overall and 24-16-2 at home. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a win in this game. Toronto is 48-29-8 overall, 24-16-2 at home and 41-22-8 as a favorite.
Mitchell Marner and John Tavares are tied for the team lead in points with 3 apiece. John Tavares leads the team in assists with 2. Mitchell Marner leads the team in goals with 2. Frederik Andersen is 2-1 with a .939 save % and is allowing 2.33 goals per game.
Toronto is averaging 3.46 goals per game which ranks 4th in the NHL. They are averaging 33.33 shots per game which ranks 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.55 power play goals per game which is tied for 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.56 power play chances per game which ranks 31st in the NHL.
The Maple Leafs are allowing 3.04 goals per game which ranks 17th in the NHL.
Toronto takes a commanding 3-1 lead
Toronto has been the better team offensively this season while the Bruins have one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. Both teams are 5-5 in their last ten match-ups with the Bruins outscoring the Maple Leafs by an average of 3.4 to 2.9 in those games. The Maple Leafs are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Bruins while outscoring Boston by an average of 2.67 to 2.33 in those contests. I look for Toronto to get the win and take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a win over the Bruins in the game on Wednesday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.