“There is nothing like playoff hockey.” That quote has been uttered over and over again the past two weeks and with plenty of good reason. The first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs has been among the most unpredictable and entertaining in recent memory. And one of the best series so far has been between two Original Six teams with storied histories and large fan bases as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will be heading into a seventh and final game on Tuesday night. Toronto had the opportunity to clinch the series at home Sunday afternoon but Boston was not to be denied as they rallied from 0-1 down to go on to a 4-2 win to take the series back home.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins Game 7
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Maple Leafs vs. Bruins TV Coverage: NBCSN
This is a matchup of two of the most historic and popular blue blood franchises in all of sports. Live betting figures to be quite fluid with action flowing towards a quality underdog for much of the evening. Many long-suffering Maple Leafs fans will be wagering with their hearts. While Bruin fans are expecting home ice to be the final difference as it was last year when these teams met in a seven-game series that Boston clinched at home.
Incredibly enough the road team has won four out of the first six games in this series including the last three in a row. The winner of this game moves on to the second round while the loser hits the golf links and faces the pain of a long season that ended short of goals.
Tuukka Rask has been solid in goal for the Bruins in this playoff series with a .921 save percentage and a 2.54 goals against average. In the regular season Rask posted a .912 save percentage with a 2.48 goals against average and four shutouts.
On the Toronto side Frederik Anderson has been effective as well with a .925 save percentage and a 2.70 goals against average. In the regular season Andersen posted a .917 save percentage with a 2.77 goals against average with one shutout.
Players to Watch
The Bruins have been led once again by left wing Brad Marchand. So far in the playoffs Marchand has four goals with five assists and a plus three. In the regular season Marchand tallied 36 goals with 64 assists and a plus 15. Another Boston left winger, David Pastrnak, has also figured well with two goals and four assists. In the regular season Pastrnak tallied 38 goals with 43 assists and a plus six.
For Toronto center Auston Matthews has come up big. The first player taken in the 2016 draft has five goals and one assist in the playoffs. In the regular season Matthews tallied 37 goals with 36 assists. Center Mitch Marner also had a strong regular season with 26 goals, 68 assists and a plus 22. So far in the playoffs Marner has two goals with two assists. Unfortunately, the biggest free agent signee of last summer, center John Tavares, has been on a milk carton much of this series with just one goal and three assists. In the regular season he posted 47 goals with 41 assists and a plus 19.
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Toronto was thought to have the speed and skill advantage but Boston was the quicker team on Sunday when it mattered most. Home ice was the difference between these teams last year in game seven. Look for a repeat in this one.
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NHL Live Betting Odds Score Prediction: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 1
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