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Maple Leafs open playoffs vs. Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs will make their long-awaited return to the playoffs on Wednesday night as they take the ice in Boston to open up their best-of-seven series against the Bruins.

The Maple Leafs went just 1-3 against the Bruins during the regular season, including a 3-2 Boston home win at -185 on the NHL odds when the teams last met on March 25. Overall the Bruins are 9-1 over their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins are 28-14-6 so far on the season. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are 26-17-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 16-28-4 and the Maple Leafs go 23-20-5 on the totals.

View Toronto vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +178 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at TopBet.

Leafs vs Bruins Props: courtesy of Bovada:

Series Price

Toronto Maple Leafs (Series Price)    +190

Boston Bruins (Series Price)               -230

Series Correct Score   

Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0        20/1

Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1        11/1    

Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2        6/1      

Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3        13/2    

Boston Bruins 4-0                   7/1      

Boston Bruins 4-1                   14/5

Boston Bruins 4-2                   4/1      

Boston Bruins 4-3                   15/4

Total Games in the Series      

4          5/1

5          2/1      

6          21/10  

7          2/1

Total Games in the Series      

Over    5½ (-150)

Under  5½ (+120)

Series Game Spread   

Toronto Maple Leafs  +1½ (-115)                 

Boston Bruins             -1½ (-115)                

Phil Kessel 1st Round Points

Over / Under 5

Nazem Kadri 1st Round Points

Over / Under 4

James van Riemsdyk 1st Round Points

Over / Under 3

Joffrey Lupul 1st Round Points

Over / Under 4.5

Dion Phaneuf 1st Round Points

Over / Under 3

David Krejci 1st Round Points

Over / Under 3.5

Patrice Bergeron 1st Round Points

Over / Under 4

Tyler Seguin 1st Round Points

Over / Under 4

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Bruins, most recently No. 4 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Maple Leafs, who rate a No. 14 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.7 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 14.8% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 87.9% of their penalties.

Toronto was a 4-1 loser in its last match at home against the Canadiens. They lost as -111 favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Boston was a 4-2 loser at home against the Senators. Bettors on Ottawa at +168 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Toronto Maple Leafs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing San Jose are 5-5-1
After playing Montreal are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Ottawa are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Maple Leafs at Bruins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Toronto's last 16 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 13 games when playing Boston
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
Boston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Boston's last 16 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Boston's last 13 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Boston, Saturday, May 4