Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs Free Preview

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The Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre in Game 4 of the opening round of the NHL Playoffs. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 19, and you’ll be able to see the game live on NBC Sports Network.

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Odds

With a moneyline of -115, Boston heads into the contest as the narrow favorite. The line for Toronto sits at -105, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under). Those lines have shifted after initially opening at -120 over and +100 under.

Boston is 52-33 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.1 units this year. 42 of its outings have gone under the total, while 38 have gone over and just five have pushed. As a road team this season, the Bruins are 22-20 SU.

The Bruins’ offensive attack attempted 33.1 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per contest (ranked sixth overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the club is risen to an average of 36.7 shots on goal (and down to 4.7 goals per game).

Following a regular season where they found the net on 24.5 percent of all power-play chances (the fourth-strongest), the Bruins have connected on 45.5 percent of their power plays in the early stages of this postseason.

Averaging 25.8 saves per game with a .917 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (36-21-5) has been the top option in goal for Boston this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to rest him, however, Boston may roll with Anton Khudobin (16-15-7), who has a .913 save percentage and 2.56 goals against average this year.

The visiting Bruins have relied on Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak heavily this season. Marchand has 91 points via 35 goals and 56 assists, and has recorded two or more points 29 times. Pastrnak has 39 goals and 50 assists to his credit (and has registered a point in 57 games).

Over on the other bench, Toronto is 50-35 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.5 units this season. Through 85 regular season matches, 44 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just six have pushed. The team is 30-12 SU at home this season.

The Maple Leafs currently have the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve scored on 24.9 percent of their extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Maple Leafs players have been whistled for penalties only 3.2 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Frederik Andersen has stopped 30.5 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Maple Leafs. Andersen has 41 wins, 28 losses, and five OT losses and has recorded a mediocre 2.87 goals against average and a .916 save percentage this year.

Mitchell Marner (23 goals, 50 assists) will pace the attack for the Leafs.

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Boston’s last five games.
  • Eight of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-3 in those games.
  • Boston skaters have accounted for the eighth-most hits in the league (23.7 per game).