Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 4/21/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

  • Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 4/21/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 4/21/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tonight (Thursday), Boston is expected to hit the ice ready to play (the right way), putting the outcome of Game 3 totally in the rear view mirror, and feel confident that they have the ability to leave Toronto's Air Canada Centre with a 3-1 series lead. Riley Nash replaced Bergeron on the first line, while Sean Kuraly became the third line center, and Noel Acciari centered the fourth line.

Toronto was a very solid offensive team this year as they ranked 4th in the league in scoring at 3.29 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots taken (32.2 spg) and 2nd in power play conversions, converting on 25.0% of their chances.

The Leafs kept coming and almost grabbed the lead later in the period, but Rask shot out his pad to deny Zach Hyman from in close as Toronto outshot Boston 12-7 through the opening 20 minutes. But it started before that with the draw from (Nash) to the defence getting it out.

Krug silenced the Maple Leaf crowd with the opening goal just 28 seconds into the contest. In Game 4, Boston funnelled the Leafs back into the grinding, stationary cycle game, which isn't their forte to say the least.

The Leafs had a number of chances earlier in the period to push ahead - including a Marner breakaway that Rask turned aside with the blocker - but were unable to break through. Lately, there's been an ongoing struggle as to who to cheer for between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.

But, Toronto would tie the game shortly after Marleau's bid.

For the majority of the first two periods, Toronto carried the play, with several long stints in the Bruins' zone.

Here's how to watch Bruins-Leafs Game 5 online. This created a 2 on 1 opportunity for Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. He was rewarded with a goal in the third period. It's not clear if he will play in Game 5 on Saturday.

Marchand was surprised that the play even happened, believing that once Nash won the faceoff that it was instantly time to skate to the bench for a rest. With under 5 minutes remaining in the period, however, the 1st line showed their skill. The Maple Leafs received 21 saves from Frederik Andersen in absorbing the loss. The line for Toronto sits at +160 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under). Babcock put his top line, centred by Auston Matthews, out hoping to pounce on a exhausted group, but Nash won the draw to Adam McQuaid, whose clearing attempt up the boards skipped past pinching Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner. The Maple Leafs have gone 20-23 on the road for the year and they have averaged 3.24 gpg and have allowed 2.87 gpg in those games.

Now down a goal, Toronto came out fast in the frame, searching for a way to solve Tuukka Rask. David Krejci blocked Travis Dermott's shot and raced the other way on a 2-on-1 before finding DeBrusk, who beat a helpless Andersen after Roman Polak failed to block the pass across. They just couldn't hang with the Bruins on this ice.