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Bruins at Maple Leafs 4/16/18 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 April 2018 by David
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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL: 7:00 PM EST

Apr. 16, 2018

Latest Odds : TOR -120 O/U 5.5

On Monday, the Boston Bruins (52-20-9) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (49-28-5) for Game 3 of their best of seven NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals series. Boston leads the series 2-0 after winning Games 1 and 2 on its home ice.

In Game 2, the Bruins routed the Maple Leafs 7-4 after jumping out to a 4-0 after the first period. David Pastrnak led the Boston attack with a hat trick and three assists. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each had four assists apiece in the scoring barrage. Tuukka Rask was solid in net stopping 30 shots. Frederik Andersen gave up three goals on just five shots during the first twelve plus minutes of the first period, which prompted him to be pulled for Curtis McElhinney. James Van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Mitch Marner scored for Toronto.

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Thus far in the postseason, David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in goals with 4, assists with 5 and points with 9. During the regular season, Pastrnak led Boston in goals scored with 35. Brad Marchand led the Bruins in assists with 51 and in points with 85. Goalie Tuukka Rask, the Finnish veteran was 34-14-5 with a goals against of 2.36 and a save percentage of .917. In two playoff games Rask is 2-0-0 with a goals against of 2.00 and a save percentage of .933.

Thus far in the postseason, four Toronto players have one goal apiece, while Morgan Rielly leads the team in assists with 2 and in points with 2. During the regular season, James van Riemsdyk led the Maple Leafs in goals scored with 36. Mitch Marner was the team leader in assists with 47 and in points with 69. Frederik Andersen was 38-21-5 with a goal’s against of 2.81 and a .918 save percentage, in 66 appearances in net for the Maple Leafs during the regular season. In the playoffs after two games, Andersen is 0-1-0 with a goal’s against of 6.65 and a save percentage of .822. He may be replaced in Game 3 with Curtis McElhinney who is 0-1-0 with a goal’s against of 5.07 and a save percentage of .826.

Recent Betting Trends:

Boston is 20-7 in its last 27 games versus Atlantic division opponents

The UNDER has cashed in 18 of the Bruins last 29 games versus Atlantic division opponents

Toronto is 23-12 in its last 35 games played

The OVER has cashed in 13 of the last 19 Maple Leafs games versus Eastern Conference opponents

Free Betting Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -120

Toronto has won 7 of the last 10 meetings between the two teams in Toronto and the home team (Maple Leafs) has won 7 of the last 8 head to head meetings. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 3-2.

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