With the series even at three wins apiece, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins square off in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the NHL postseason’s opening round. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the game, and the opening face-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 25.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Boston heads into the contest as the noticeable favorite with a -170 moneyline. The line for Toronto sits at +150 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Earning moneyline bettors 2.8 units, Boston is 53-35 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the NHL so far in the early season, is an improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2016-17 season (44-38). Of the team’s 88 regular season outings, 44 have gone under the total, while 39 have gone over and just five have pushed. The team is 30-14 SU at home this season.
Following a regular season where they scored on 24.2 percent of all power-play chances (the fourth-best), the Bruins have connected on 31.6 percent of their power plays in the postseason.
The Bruins’ offense attempted 33.1 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per outing (ranked sixth overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the team is attempting an average of 34.8 shots on goal 3.5 goals per game.
Sporting a .917 save percentage and 25.6 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (37-23-5) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Bruins this year. If the Bruins choose to give him the night off, however, the team could roll with Anton Khudobin (16-16-16 record, .914 save percentage, 2.52 goals against average).
The Bruins will continue to look for offensive production from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Marchand (92 points) is up to 36 goals and 56 assists and has recorded two or more points 29 times this year. Pastrnak has 39 goals and 52 assists to his name and has notched a point in 58 contests.
Over on the other bench, Toronto is 52-36 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 7.2 units this year. A total of 45 of its contests have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and just six have pushed. The Maple Leafs are 21-23 SU as the road team this season.
The Maple Leafs enter the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve scored on 24.8 percent of their extra-man advantages in 2017-18. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Toronto’s skaters have been called for penalties only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s had to kill penalties just 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Frederik Andersen (30.5 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Toronto. Andersen has 43 wins, 29 losses, and five OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .917 save percentage and 2.84 goals against average this year.
Mitchell Marner (24 goals, 53 assists) has been one of the most vital playmakers on offense for the visiting Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
- The over has hit in three of Boston’s last five outings.
- Toronto has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Boston is averaging 38.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
- The Bruins this season have handed the eighth-most hits per game (23.9), but that average has jumped up to 26.6 over their past five games as the home team.