A clear difference can often be seen between the regular season and playoffs in the NHL. Consider game one of the series between the Maple Leafs and Bruins. Toronto lacked defensive commitment for most of their regular season betting on NHL games. Yet in their game one win over Boston the Maple Leafs had a full defensive commitment. Forwards gave complete assistance to the blue liners. Most important of all Frederik Anderson was razor sharp in goal. All of a sudden Boston’s regular dominance mattered little. And the Bruins discovered that Toronto would not lie down and die.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins Eastern Conference Playoffs
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Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario and TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Following a 4-1 loss in game one Boston stormed back to pound the Leafs in game two 4-1. Now the series heads to Toronto for games three and four. While Toronto thrived in game one Boston quickly adjusted for the second game. In the same way the Maple Leafs were exposed for all of their weaknesses in that second game. To illuminate the Bruins caught the Leafs inconsistent back end flat footed. Boston outshot the Leafs 41-31 in the win.
Despite their recent success Toronto remains a weak betting on NHL games value on the road. As an example, the Maple Leafs have lost nine of their last 14 games on enemy ice. Toronto has been a better wagering value at home. In their last 16 home games Toronto has gotten the money 10 times.
By contrast the Bruins have been a strong long-term wagering value at home. Boston has won 12 out of their last 15 games at TD Garden. Four of their last six home games have gone under the total. Encompassing the Bruins success is strong value on the road. Boston has won five of their last seven games on road ice. And seven of their last nine away matchups have gone over the total.
Late on Boston has had the advantage in their sportsbook series against Toronto. In the last 14 games between these teams the Bruins have won eight times. Only two of the last six meetings between these teams have gone under the total.
However, at Toronto the Maple Leafs have had the strong offshore bookmaker value edge. TO has paid in seven of their last nine home games with the B’s. Three of the last four in this series at Toronto went over the total. Fashion that Boston has won seven of their last nine home games with the Maple Leafs. Only one of the last four in this series at TD Garden went over the total.
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In this situation the Bruins have a strong betting on NHL games advantage on the blue line and in goal. Tuukka Rask has a .937 save percentage after two games. Center Patrice Bergeron has added two goals for the B’s. Of great concern is the Maple Leafs lack of defensive depth and inconsistent goaltending.
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In sum Boston should wear down Toronto as the series progresses.
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