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Fireworks are in Store in Ontario for Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 3

After splitting the opening two games of the series in Massachusetts, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs travel north of the border for Game 3 of their fiery first-round matchup tonight. Sportsbooks opened the Maple Leafs as -120 home favorites with a total of 6.

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  • Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri has an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety hours before puck drop tonight, but the expectation is that Kadri, a repeat offender, will be suspended for multiple games going forward. The meeting is the result of an ugly cross-check he delivered to the face of Boston’s Jake DeBrusk in Game 2.
  • While Kadri’s status is up in the air, the same could be said for DeBrusk along with Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (undisclosed) and Connor Clifton (upper body).
  • Bruins veteran Patrice Bergeron continues to make his presence felt against Toronto, as the 33-year-old has three goals and two assists in four games vs Toronto, including one goal in each game of this series.
  • When it comes to the total, puck bettors may want to pay attention to the OVER in this one due to Boston’s penchant for going above totals on the road. In the Bruins’ past six road games, the OVER is 5-1 with an average combined score of 7.5 goals.
  • Toronto has had the edge when facing Boston in Ontario. In the Leafs’ previous nine home games against the Bruins, Toronto is 7-2 SU.

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Throughout the course of Game 2, you could feel a major momentum switch in the Bruins’ favor. Boston looked like the much better team in that game and embraced the physicality of the contest. With Kadri likely facing a postseason suspension for the second time in two years, I think the Bruins will capitalize on the short-handed Leafs offense and collect a huge Game 3 win as road underdogs.