Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/2/2014
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 PM on TSN, RDS2, NESN
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
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Boston is inching towards their second President's Trophy in franchise history as they close out the last 6 games of their season. St. Louis is hot on their trails though and while the Blues draw a game with last place Buffalo, Boston has to play postseason hopeful Toronto on the 2nd night of a back-to-back schedule. A win would be a luxury for the Bruins but it's a necessity for the Maple Leafs as they trail Columbus by only a point for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bruins have been playing indicatively of the best team in the NHL lately, winning 9 of 10 games from March 13th to March 30th. In fact their only “loss” came in a shootout against Montreal after returning from a 3-game road stretch. Boston might not want to see the calendar change to April as they went 15-0-1 in March after losing their first two games back from the Olympic hiatus. Tuuka Rask and Chad Johnson have been a two-man wrecking crew in net allowing just 2.05 goals a game, best in the NHL.
Toronto has just 5 games remaining but will be the more rested team Thursday after playing only 1 game in 4 days. The Maple Leafs have played their way out of playoff contention as it stands after losing 8 straight games. They were able to right the ship in their last outing against Calgary but instead of limping towards the playoffs, they're sprinting out of them.
A second win on the year against a tired Boston team could be enough of a boost to propel Toronto towards the 8 seed. The Bruins burned a big hole in bettors' pockets when the two teams last met up on January 14th. The Bruins were -191 favorites and entered the second period in a 2-2 tie with the Leafs. Toronto scored the next two goals and held off Boston in the third for a road upset and a +175 payout for money line backers.
Boston is 23-13 straight up on the road this season
Boston is 22-11-3 against the over/under on the road this season
Toronto is 23-16 straight up at home this season
Toronto is 24-14-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
12/28/13 D Dennis Seidenberg Knee out for season
12/07/13 LW Jay Pandolfo None has retired
02/28/14 D Adam McQuaid Quad out indefinitely
No injuries to report at this time
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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