Date/Time: May 7th, 7:00 PM ET
Moneyline: Boston -135
Two of the teams from the Northeast Division will meet in NHL betting action in Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night, as the Boston Bruins face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Bruins might have lost home ice advantage at home when they were beaten in Game 2 of this series, but it still feels like they have a chokehold on this series even though they are only up 2-1 and could be going back home level at two games apiece if this one is lost. The B’s have scored 11 goals in three games, and in the playoffs, that’s a particularly huge number. C David Krejci has arguably been the most important player here in the postseason, as he has two goals and five assists in just three games. LW Milan Lucic has done a lot of damage here as well with six helpers. RW Nathan Horton has three goals and an assist. All three of these men are +5 in the +/- department, and D Adam McQuaid joins them as the co-leaders of the team. What’s scary about Boston is that we know G Tuukka Rask is only going to likely get better from here. He has a 2.36 GAA in three games, and we know that he is capable of posting a shutout every given time out.
The Maple Leafs have to feel like the stuffing has been knocked out of them. They had a chance to take the 2-1 series lead at home in the first home game at the Air Canada Centre in the postseason in nine years, but they ultimately were blown away by allowing 38 shots on goal, including four of the first five goals in the first two periods. The goal that really stung was the shorthanded goal that was conceded at the end of the second stanza. The truth of the matter is that Toronto didn’t play all that poorly on special teams. The team did score two power play goals in Game 3. RW Phil Kessel has had a good series, as has LW James Van Riemsdyk, but these two men and the top line in general for the Leafs won’t get the job done without the help of some of the back end lines that are getting completely dominated.
Toronto just doesn’t look and feel like it is in good shape right now, and we have to think that the Bruins sense that. Perhaps we could turn out to be wrong, but we have to think that the B’s are going to put their stamp on this series right away by taking both of the games here at the Air Canada Centre to finish deflating the Leafs.
Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs Pick: Boston Bruins -135
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