Maple Leafs Vs. Bruins Predictions | NHL Playoffs 2019 Game 7 Picks
Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Boston Bruins Betting Preview
It’s been quite the series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, but it all comes down to Game 7. Home ice advantage has meant very little between these two, which makes a win-and-advance scenario a lot more intriguing. Toronto had the chance to close the series out at home, and they even started with an early lead, but then, they were outplayed by Boston. In game six alone, the Bruins outclassed the Leafs shooting 41 times against 24. It was at the end of the meeting were Toronto basically made an effort to pressure the Bruins, but it was not enough.
The key of this series for the Maple Leafs was not finding themselves in shorthanded situations. We said it early, and Toronto didn’t follow the advice. Two of Boston’s goals in Game 6 came from two Power Play opportunities. The Bruins ended as the third best team in the NHL in Power Play situations this season. It’s no coincidence Boston tipped the scale to their favor whenever they had a one man up. Toronto needed that win on Sunday more than ever. Their recent past suggests they are not great in Game 7s. The Maple Leafs were eliminated by the Bruins in seven games in 2013 and in 2018. The Leafs haven’t advanced to a Stanley Cup playoffs’ second-round since 2004.
The people making the odds at MyBookie.ag have Toronto with a 45% of a chance to win this game and move to the next round. The percentage is high, considering they haven’t been successful in these situations in recent years; not to mention they will be a deciding game on the road in a hostile environment. Boston is 7 of 16 in Power play situations in this series. This is where they are at their best. No other franchise in NHL history has played more Game 7s than the Bruins with 26. They are 4-2 in their last six. Two of those four wins were against Toronto.
The oddsmakers are giving the Bruins 60% of implied probability to win this game and advance to the second round. The scenario sure favors Boston. Not only are they at home, but they completely outplayed the Leafs in Game 6. The only problem with this situation is neither of these teams has won two games in a row in this series. Out of the two coaches, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has been in nine Game 7s, posting a 3-6 record in those games. Babcock doesn’t like the win or go home scenarios. He lost two Stanley Cup finals in the past with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the New Jersey Devils. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy won his only Game 7 last season by destroying Toronto 7-4.
I liked what I saw from Boston in Game 6. More than just home ice, the Bruins proved they can handle the pressure by playing their best when they needed the most. What’s the play? Boston -145.
Money line: Toronto +125 vs Boston -145
Puck line: N/A
Game total: 5.5 goals
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2019
Game time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Series: tied 3-3
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