NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
When: Tuesday April 23rd at 7:00 PM ET
Money Line: Boston -140
BetDSI has the Boston Bruins listed as -140 money line favorites over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Boston Bruins enter this game with a record of 52-27-9 and have won three of their last five games including a 4-2 win in game six of the series on the road.
The Toronto Maple Leafs enter this game with a record of 49-31-8 and have lost three of their last five games and lost game six at home. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs are 49-31-8 overall and 25-13-6 on the road. Toronto has not lost a game in Boston in this series, but did have a chance to clinch the series at home in game six and lost. Toronto is 49-31-8 overall, 25-13-6 on the road and 8-7 as an underdog this season. Auston Matthews leads the team in points and goals with 6 points and 5 goals.
Morgan Rielly leads the team in assists with 4. Frederik Andersen is 3-3 with a .925 save % and is allowing 2.70 goals per game in the playoffs.
Toronto is averaging 3.43 goals per game which ranks 4th in the NHL. They are averaging 33.25 shots per game which ranks 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.55 power play goals per game which is tied for 18th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.56 power-play chances per game which ranks 31st in the NHL.
The Maple Leafs are allowing 3.06 goals per game which is tied for 18th in the NHL.
The Bruins are 52-27-9 overall and 30-11-3 at home. The Boston Bruins won game six on the road to force game seven of the series and get the advantage of home ice, but haven’t won a game at home in the series. Boston is 52-27-9 overall, 30-11-3 at home and 41-18-7 as a favorite.
Brad Marchand leads the team in points, assists and goals with 9 points, 5 assists and 4 goals. Tuukka Rask is 3-3 with a .921 save % and is allowing 2.54 goals per game in the playoffs.
Boston is averaging 3.15 goals per game which ranks 12th in the NHL. They are averaging 32.91 shots per game which ranks 8th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.82 power play goals per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL. They are averaging 3.03 power play chances per game which ranks 10th in the NHL.
The Bruins are allowing 2.63 goals per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL.
Boston closes out the series with a win
Neither team has won at home in the series. Even though the series is in Boston I still like their chances despite that trend. Boston is 6-4 in their last ten match-ups with Toronto while outscoring the Maple Leafs by an average of 3.40 to 2.60 in those games.
The Bruins are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Maple Leafs while outscoring Toronto by an average of 3.67 to 2.67 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue with a Bruins win at home in game seven of the series. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.