Maple Leafs vs. Bruins Prediction
The Toronto Maple Leafs struck the first blow in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series versus the Boston Bruins. Can Toronto manufacture a second straight road win when the series resumes tonight?
Saturday, April 13, 2019
TD Garden at 8PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Bruins are a -140 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Maple Leafs are a +120 underdog, while the total sits at 6 goals. As of Saturday morning, 68 percent of public bets are siding with host Boston. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Maple Leafs ease to win
Toronto secured a 4-1 Game 1 victory at Boston Thursday night in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Maple Leafs fell behind 1-0 midway through the first period before scoring four unanswered goals to take full control. Mitch Marner tied it up with 3:16 to play in the first on assists by Jake Muzzin and John Tavares. Marner scored his second goal 2:47 into the second period on an unassisted shorthanded tally. William Nylander made it 3-1 with 1:35 to play in the second off assists from Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau. John Tavares added an unassisted goal with 1:19 remaining in the third period to put it away. Frederik Andersen registered 37 saves on 38 saves to get the win in net.
Bruins held in check
Boston grabbed a 1-0 advantage with 10:29 remaining in the first period before allowing Toronto to roll the rest of the way in the 4-1 defeat. Bergeron scored the goal for the Bruins off assists from Brad Marchand and Torey Krug. Bergeron, Marcus Johansson and David Pastrnak paced the Boston offense with four shots apiece. Tuukka Rask gave up three goals on 32 in the defeat.
NHL Betting Trends
The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in their last seven road games. Toronto is 1-4 in the last five meetings.
The Bruins are 14-4 in their last 18 games played on one day of rest. Boston is 51-21 in its last 72 home games.
This series has the makings of a fantastic one to watch for a second straight postseason. With how good Boston typically is at home and how well it played down the stretch during the regular season, I think it bounces back strong tonight. Look for Rask to put in a solid performance and the Bruins to find more offense to support him. I'd be very surprised if this series went back to Toronto at 2-0.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON BRUINS -140