Last year the Toronto Maple Leafs showed considerable fight and determination in their playoff loss to the Boston Bruins. While the Leafs lost in seven games they rallied from 3-1 down to force a seventh game. It follows that Boston is an understandable NHL betting online favorite against the Maple Leafs. In the regular season the Bruins easily outdistanced a slumping Toronto team. But as everyone knows the Stanley Cup Playoffs offer a reset that is far different from any other sport. Anything can happen in the NHL Playoffs. And a Toronto upset would not be the biggest shocker ever.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins
Date and Time: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins TV Coverage: NBC
Late on Toronto flopped down the stretch with seven losses in their last 10 games. Seven of those games went under the total. Of major concern is a steep decline in the back end. The Maple Leafs finished 20th in the NHL for goals against and 18th for penalty killing. What saved the season for TO was their goal scoring ability. To illuminate the Leafs finished fourth for goals scored and eighth for the power play. Toronto finished with a record of 46-28-6-2 with only 37 of their games clearing the total.
Boston ended the season with six wins in their last 10 games. And seven of their last nine games went over the total. Encompassing the Bruins success was a back end that was among the best in the NHL. Boston ranked third for goals against with goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak razor sharp all season. By contrast goal scoring improved down the stretch to finish 11th in the NHL. Especially valuable was a power play ranked third in the NHL. Boston finished 49-24-6-3 with only 35 of their games clearing the total.
Toronto has suffered a steep NHL betting online decline in road games lately. As an example, the Maple Leafs have lost nine of their last 13 matchups away from home. Six of their last nine in that role have gone under the total. By contrast the Bruins have made bank at TD Garden. In their last 14 games on home ice the B’s have won 12 times. Three of their last five at home stayed under the total.
Boston has held the recent sportsbook advantage in their series with Toronto. To show the Bruins have come away with the cash in four of their last five against the Maple Leafs. Only one of those five games have gone under the total. And at TD Garden the B’s have taken six of their last seven against Toronto. The last six between these teams at Beantown failed to clear the total.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation Boston has the proven NHL betting online matchup advantage over Toronto. Additionally, the Leafs poor play on the road must be taken into account. In view of Toronto’s weak back end, they cannot be trusted against such a deep team.
Maple Leafs vs. Bruins NHL Betting Online Picks
In sum Boston is the clearly more complete team.
NHL Betting Online Pick
NHL Betting Online Series Prediction
Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2
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