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Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins - NHL Best Bet of the Day

Mar 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Western Conference Quarterfinals series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins continues for Game 2 in Beantown. The Leafs surprised the B’s in the series opener Thursday night, covering as moderate underdogs in the 4-1 win as the ‘under’ connected.

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Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins: By the Numbers

  • Goaltender Frederik Andersen was horrific in two starts against the B’s during the regular season, going 1-1-0 with a 4.52 goals-against average and .882 save percentage in two outings. However, he stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced in Game 1.
  • Goaltender Tuukka Rask won his only regular-season start against the Leafs, but he coughed up three goals on 32 shots in the home setback Thursday.
  • The Maple Leafs scored two unassisted goals in Game 1, including a shorthanded goal by Mitchell Marner in the second period which stood up as the game-winning tally. He finished with two goals.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins: Projected Goalie Starters

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Frederik Andersen vs. Tuukka Rask

Despite his Game 1 victory, the Leafs are just 1-4 in the past five meetings and 2-6 in the past eight road games in Boston. The win was also uncharacteristic for Andersen, as he sported a 3.76 GAA and .896 save percentage in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals last season against the B’s.

The Bruins went with a goaltender rotation, using Rask and Jaroslav Halak on a revolving basis during the regular season. Rask is the projected Game 2 starter, but he might have a rather short leash if he doesn’t get off to a good start.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins: NHL Best Bet

Moneyline: The Leafs (+120) did their job, already assuring themselves of at least a split in Beantown, while wrestling home-ice advantage from the B’s (-140). Despite their opening-game win, the Leafs are still just 1-4 in the past five meetings, and 2-6 in the past eight trips to Boston. The home team has cashed in 10 of the past 14, and Boston is a solid bet to bounce back.

Against the spread: The Maple Leafs (+1.5, -230) aren’t a good play, as there is just too much risk. I never like puck line underdogs, as empty-net goals late can be a killer. The Bruins (-1.5, +190) are a good value to rebound in a big way in Game 2.

Over/under: The OVER 6 is 3-1-1 in the past five meetings, and 4-1-2 in the past seven trips to Beantown. However, the under is 5-2 in Toronto’s past seven road outings, and 4-1 in the past five as an underdog, including Game 1’s result. Look for the Bruins to open the floodgates on offense and for the over to connect Saturday night.

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