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Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins predictions, picks and best bets

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins play the decisive Game 7 of their first-round series Tuesday at TD Garden starting shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern.

Odds provided by Bet365; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins: By the Numbers

  • Neither team has been able to win two straight games through the first six. Boston won Game 6 by the score of 4-2 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
  • Bruins LW Brad Marchand is up to four goals and five assists to lead the series with nine points. David Pastrnak of the Bruins and Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews each have six points.
  • Boston’s seven power-play goals to Toronto’s three in the series are poised to be a major difference maker should the Bruins win Game 7.
  • Tuesday’s game is a rematch of the final game of two of Toronto’s last three trips to the playoffs with the Bruins winning the first-round series in seven.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins: Projected Goalie Starters

Frederik Andersen vs. Tuukka Rask

Andersen has been the slightly better goalie through the first six games with a save percentage of .925 to Rask’s .921 mark. Toronto’s goalie has had to face an additional 24 shots on goal and has allowed just one more tally.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins: Key Injuries

Maple Leafs C Nazem Kadri will serve the fifth-and-final game of his first-round suspension Tuesday, regardless of the outcome.

Bruins Ds Connor Clifton and Kevan Miller are both expected to remain out.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins: NHL Best Bet

Moneyline: The more experienced Bruins team is a -140 favorite on home ice. Roll with this as they’ve had Toronto’s number in Game 7s.

Against the spread: All three Boston wins have been by two or more goals. Take it to cover -1.5 at an appealing +200.

Over/under: The last two Bruins’ wins have seen the number go over Tuesday’s total of 5.5. Pick the high number again at -110.

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