Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins: Game 2 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Apr 13, 2018

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Toronto’s series-opening game against Boston couldn’t have gone much worse. The Maple Leafs were on the wrong end of a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Bruins.

Toronto
49-26-5-2
AT
April 14, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
50-20-9-3
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +125
Over / Under o +6

55%

Betting Action

45%

Puckline -1.5 +150
Moneyline -145
Over / Under u +6

55%

Betting Action

45%

To make a bad start even worse, the Leafs could be without forward Nazem Kadri for Game 2 Saturday night at TD Garden. Nazem Kadri faces discipline for elbowing Boston’s Tommy Wingels in the head – and his absence would almost assuredly make Toronto’s prospects for a series comeback even more daunting.

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins NHL Playoff Betting Analysis

The Bruins showed why they came within a whisker of finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference, dominating Toronto over the final two periods. But bettors beware: Boston hasn’t been good at following up strong efforts of late, going just 2-6 SU in its previous eight games following a victory. And the Maple Leafs have reeled off eight victories in its last 10 games after scoring two or fewer goals.

The teams come in with a total of 6, and should come close to pushing or going over if recent trends are any indication. The Maple Leafs are 12-3-1 O/U in their last 16 games against teams above .500, and have posted seven overs and a push in their last eight after being held to two or fewer goals last time out. Boston has three overs and four pushes in its past seven home contests. But note that the teams are just 2-6-2 O/U in their last 10 encounters. For more details on betting the O/U in the NHL playoffs, check out our bet guide. 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto’s 11th-ranked penalty kill took it on the chin in Game 1, yielding three goals on six Boston power-play opportunities; the Leafs fell to 5-5-0 on the season when giving up multiple man-advantage goals in the same game, with two of those losses coming to the Bruins. The Leafs have now won just three of their last 10 games away from Air Canada Centre, and have dropped four consecutive conference quarterfinal games dating back to last season.

Boston Bruins

Boston’s power play ranked four in the regular season at 23.6 percent efficiency, and was the difference in the series opener. But the Bruins can’t count on Toronto being this undisciplined in future games – and there are certainly areas of improvement for Boston, which is now -240 to claim the series. The Bruins split the faceoff tally with the Leafs, with David Backes, Sean Kuraly and Noel Acciari all coming in at or below 44 percent on the night.

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins Game 2 Prediction

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