Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins / NHL – Toronto and Boston will play the derby of the Eastern Conference. Both teams are positioned near the very top of the standings; after 24 games Maple Leafs occupy the third place and have two points more than 4th-placed Bruins who played one game fewer. The match is a chance for the visiting team to equalise in number of points with its next opponent.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins begins 27.11.2018 at 01:00 CET
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto was leading team in the Eastern Conference several weeks ago but after two defeats in last three rounds it had to step down from the first place. Maple Leafs play excellently since the start of new season and are one of favourites to win the Conference. After four wins in a row they suffered two defeats on tour last week. They firstly lost to Carolina 5-2 and then to Columbus 4-2. Toronto’s defence wasn’t up to the task in those games given it conceded even nine goals in those two games, while in previous seven Maple Leafs received just seven goals.
After two defeats in a row Toronto faced Philadelphia in the previous round but this time they played much better. Although Philadelphia usually play better away games this one was totally dominated by the Leaf who steamrolled the Flyers by sound 6-0. Everything was over in first 12 minutes when Toronto had lead of 4-0. It scored two more goals by the end of game. Johnsson was brilliant with three goals. This was fourth home victory for Toronto in a row and now they have chance to continue the positive series against Boston.
After three defeats in four games Boston has improved in last two rounds. It won two times in a row; they firstly won the Penguins at home after overtime, while in the previous round they won Montreal away 2-3. The Bruins scored the winning goal three minutes before the end, and the hero of match was Moor who scored the winner. The visiting team had a lead of 0-2 after the first period, but in the third one they dropped the advantage as Montreal equalised in just four minutes. Then Moore came who scored for big victory of the home team.
Boston plays better at home where it lost just two times by now, while outside its ice rink it lost nine and won only five games. This fact is definitely not encouraging ahead of the game given they will face very good Toronto in the next round, which didn’t lose last four home games. The Bruins have problems with injuries; Bergeron and Chara are definitely out of action, while Carlo, McAvoy and VAakanainen are questionable.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins PICK
Toronto lost the last home match at the beginning of November and since then it plays excellently. It scored even 19 goals in last four games it won and received just four. Out of last six away games Boston won just two, which is why we would give advantage in this game to the home team.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs wins
Odds: 2.14 at Betsson (down to 2.10 can be played)
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