Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins Preview, Predictions, Picks & Odds 10/22/19
The NHL action continues tonight with a big Atlantic Division clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins in what is sure to be an amazing game. The two teams come into the match both only having racked up five wins this season so far and some terrible overtime losses against that record. The Bruins, who are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto, have had a positive start to the season thus far, with no problem scoring and two goaltenders having relatively strong seasons.
Despite having notched the same number of wins as the Bruins, the Maple Leafs have played more games, meaning more losses. While the team seems to have an offense that is enough to inspire fear against even the best defenses, they are having trouble keeping the goals out themselves, having recorded no shut outs this far. The team is coming off an overtime loss on the road to the Columbus Blue Jackets and aren’t favored to win the game. Are bookies right to doubt the team?
Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins Predictions
So, before we get to the predictions, here are some things you got to know about the Maple Leafs and Bruins:
- The Maple Leafs come into the game with a 5-3-2 record, and off a loss against the Colorado Blue Jackets on the road. This will also be their third straight game in three days. On the other side, the Bruins come into a game off a break,and a loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
- Maple Leafs starting goaltender Frederik Andersen has yet to record a shutout this season. Thus far, he has posted a goals allowed average of 3.19 and an overall save percentage of .901. Basically, if he is tested by strong opposition, he will break.
- As previously mentioned, both starting and backup goaltenders for the Bruins have started the season well. Starter Tuukka Rask has posted a goals allowed average of 1.72 so far and has got an overall save percentage of .946. His backup, Jaroslav Halak, has posted a 24 goals allowed average and save percentage of .931. (Note that both are better than Andersen’s).
- The Maple Leafs have got a strong offensive line this season. Auston Matthews has scored 11 goals so far this season and Morgan Riley is doing well to feed his teammates the puck in the right places. Overall, the Leafs have been averaging 3.89 goals per game this season.
- The Bruins might not have the same numbers as the Maple Leafs, but they aren’t slacking at all. David Pastrnak leads the team in goals with a total of 9 and Brad Marchand has proven to be quite dangerous off a power play. The team is averaging 2.75 goals per game at the moment.
So, with all this said, here are our predictions for Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins tonight:
- Moneyline – we’re going for Boston. The Maple Leafs have been going at it for three days straight now and they already gave up a loss in Ohio. Their offense may be strong but they clearly aren’t making up enough for the problems in defense. With Boston being a strong team on the best of days, this is sure to be a very difficult game for them.
Kim’s NHL Prediction Record so far: 12-15
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