Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction 4-20-24 picks

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in Game 1 Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs action at PNC Arena. Here is a Maple Leafs vs. Bruins prediction.

Team preview Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs enter the playoffs having finished the year with a 46-26-10 record this season. Auston Matthews leads the Leafs with 107 points, including a team-high 69 goals and 38 assists, while William Nylander has 98 points with 40 goals and 58 assists. Mitch Marner has 85 points with 59 assists, while John Tavares has 65 points with 29 goals and 36 assists and Morgan Rielly has 58 points with 51 assists this season. Ilya Samsonov has gone 23-7-8 with a 3.13 GAA and a .890 save percentage and Joseph Woll has posted a 12-11-1 record with a 2.94 GAA and a .907 save percentage, while Martin Jones is also 11-8-. 1 with a GAA of 2.87 and also a save percentage of .902 this season.

Facts about the Toronto Maple Leafs team

  • The Maple Leafs have won five of their last six games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Maple Leafs have covered the puck line in nine of their last 10 games as underdogs following a road loss.
  • The “1.5+ period 1 goals” market has emerged as underdogs in each of the Maple Leafs’ last six games.
  • The favorites have won the second period in each of the Maple Leafs’ last eight games.

Boston Bruins team preview

The Boston Bruins enter the playoffs having finished the year with a 47-20-15 record. David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in scoring with 110 points, including 47 goals and 63 assists, while Brad Marchand has 67 points with 29 goals and 38 assists. Charlie Coyle has 60 points with 25 goals and 35 assists, while Charlie McAvoy has 47 points with 35 assists and Pavel Zacha has 59 points with 21 goals and 38 assists. Jeremy Swayman has gone 25-10-8 with a 2.53 GAA and a .916 save percentage for the Bruins in goal, while Linus Ullmark is 22-10-7 this season with a 2.58 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Boston Bruins team facts

  • The Bruins have won each of their last seven games against the Maple Leafs.
  • The Bruins have covered the puck line in nine of their last 10 games against the Maple Leafs following a loss.
  • The Bruins have lost the second period in each of their last four night games at TD Garden.
  • The Over 1.5 Goals Period 2 market has featured in each of the Bruins’ last nine Saturday night games.

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins prediction

I’m on the Bruins here. I love my Maple Leafs, but in these types of playoff series, I need to see Toronto steal home ice before I can really trust them in this series. There is also the elephant in the room for the Leafs that Boston has won the last seven meetings between these two teams. I will say that I think this is the best I’ve ever felt going into a playoff series in terms of preparedness, but until I see Toronto exorcise this demon, I think it’s going to stick with this team. Give me Boston.