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Toronto Looks to Grab 2-0 Series Lead in Game 2 vs Boston

Toronto vs Boston Betting Odds

The second in a best-of-7 series between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs goes from TD Garden. For the first time since the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs, Toronto heads into the second game of an opening-round series not trailing 1-0 after it stormed out of the gate for a 4-1 victory over Boston in Game 1. Despite a strong performance by the Maple Leafs in Game 1, the Bruins are a -145 favorite in Game 2 with Toronto coming back at +125 and the total opening at 6 goals.

Bruins vs Maple Leafs Game Center

Standout Stats

  • Boston scored the opening goal of the series on the powerplay off the stick of Patrice Bergeron. That was the only goal the Bruins scored, but they fired 38 shots on goal to the Maple Leafs’ 33.
  • Despite much of the narrative that Toronto isn’t gritty enough for the playoffs, it was interesting to see that it out-hit Boston 33-31 in the first game. The Leafs also took two penalties one of which the B’s scored on while Boston only went to the penalty box once.
  • The big offensive line for Boston: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak were tied for the worst +/- on the night going -2 in a tough matchup against Toronto’s top line of: John Tavares, Mitch Marner and Andreas Johnsson which accounted for three goals. I expect head coach Bruce Cassidy to try and shift the line matchups to find better scenarios for his trio of scorers.
  • Toronto ranked seventh in the NHL this season with 1,002 turnovers, while Boston created 715 takeaways in the regular season which was good for sixth in the NHL. These trends continued into the playoffs as the Leafs turned the puck over 14 times, while the B’s only coughed it up seven times, that’s a dangerous game to play for Toronto.
  • The goaltending was absolutely terrific for the Maple Leafs as Frederik Andersen was completely locked in, the goal he surrendered was a beautiful passing play by Boston leading to an empty net shot for Bergeron. Meanwhile, Rask was just OK, he had a few shaky moments in which pucks nearly snuck passed him under his pads or under his arm so he was battling a little bit.

My Best Bet for Toronto vs Boston Game 2

OVER 6

I thought Boston looked very sluggish in that first game, especially on defense as big Zdeno Chara had some difficulties moving around the ice. I anticipate the B’s to come out flying in this game and we may see more free-wheeling, back-and-forth action which, if the goalies aren’t on their toes, could be a high-scoring affair. Boston had its opportunities in Game 1 but couldn’t solve Andersen and if he doesn’t stay at that level the B’s will be lighting the lamp.

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