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(49-26-7) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins (50-20-12)
2018 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 1
NHL Series Odds: Bruins -145 | Maple Leafs +125
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Boston +650, Toronto +1200
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It’s an Eastern Conference showdown on Thursday night at the TD Garden. The Toronto Maple Leafs make the trip to Boston to take on the Bruins.
Toronto has won three of the four games played between the two teams this year.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs had success last year and made the playoffs and will look to build off that in this series but to win this series they will have to win at least one game on the road.
For the Maple Leafs, their philosophy on how to win ballgames is pretty simple. They are a great offensive team, and they hope the defense will do enough to come out ahead in the game.
On the season they are averaging 3.3 goals per game, while giving up 2.8. Of course the offense is going to need to have success but the key to this series is going to come down to the defensive zone.
They need to really lock down in that zone, and not let the Bruins get comfortable in that zone. They need to be the more physical team and really try to make the Bruins frustrated.
If the defense does struggle in this series though, it’s going to make for a pretty quick series probably and they will be out.
On the other side of this matchup is the Boston Bruins who have home ice in this series and also are the slight favorites to move on to the second round.
For the Bruins they are built a lot like the Maple Leafs but the big difference is how much more consistent and better they play in that zone.
On the season they are averaging 3.3 goals per game, and giving up only 2.57 goals per game. They are going to have their hands full in this series though as the Maple Leafs are a very good offensive team.
To win this game it’s going to start by getting the series out to the strong start. The Air Canada Centre is such a tough place to play, especially in the playoffs and they can’t have to count on those to come out ahead in the series.
They need to make sure they take care of business at home first, and then hope they can steal a game or two on the road.
If they lose the first couple of games it’s going to make for a real uphill battle in hopes they advance to the next round.
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins Series Prediction:
This series is going to come down to what team can play better in the defensive zone, and I actually think there is a good chance that team will be the Toronto Maple Leafs
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They have the confidence against the Bruins, and I think they can build off that early in the series. They will only have to play one game extra, finishing this series off in five games.
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