How to Bet Leafs at Bruins 2018 NHL Playoffs Lines & Game 2 Info

Posted by Juan Carlos on Saturday,April 14, 2018 9:26, EDT in

Arguably the most interesting and evenly-matched first-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs is Original Six members Toronto and Boston – the last time those teams met for extra hockey, it was an epic series. Game 2 of their betting matchup is Saturday night before the series shifts to Toronto. Let’s hope this game is closer than the first. The NHL Playoffs lines favor the Bruins to take Game 2, but will the Maple Leafs turn that around?

How to Bet Leafs at Bruins 2018 NHL Playoffs Lines & Game 2 Info

When: Saturday, 8 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Radio: TSN 1050 AM (Toronto) / WBZ 98.5 FM (Boston)
Opening NHL Playoffs Lines: Bruins -180, Leafs +150 (6)

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
  • Maple Leafs are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
  • Under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings in Boston.
  • Under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings.

Why Bet on Toronto’s NHL Playoffs Lines?

Well, the Leafs can’t play much worse in Game 2 after laying an egg in a 5-1 Game 1 loss in Boston. The loss left the Leafs searching for their composure and potentially searching for a Game 2 replacement for forward Nazem Kadri, who earned a game misconduct when he charged a prone Tommy Wingels along the boards in the third with the outcome no longer in doubt at 4–1 with 11:42 left.

Kadri will have a disciplinary hearing on Friday. The fact that he was actually ejected from the game might lighten a potential suspension but he’s still likely to get one game. That’s the last thing Toronto needed. Kadri finished the game with 14:08 of ice-time and a game-high 17 penalty minutes.

Frederik Andersen allowed five goals on 40 shots. Special teams was a big difference with the Bruins scoring on three of six power play attempts while the Leafs failed to score on their three power plays. The Leafs were dominated over the final two periods, giving up a combined 31 shots to their 18. Andersen’s career postseason record fell to 9-14 with a 2.48 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage.

What Doesn Team Have to Say About Game 1?

“We were outscored 3-0 on special teams, three on the PK,” defenseman Ron Hainsey said. “That’s most likely never going to get it done.” “They’re going to call penalties out there. It’s not a free-for-all. You want to stay out of the box as much as possible. Their power play made us pay, and that’s what they’re supposed to do when you take penalties.”

Hainsey led the NHL in average shorthanded ice time during the regular season (3:58 per game). Zach Hyman scored the only goal. Hyman showed some nice speed and hustle to beat David Krejci to the loose puck before putting a move on Tuukka Rask to tie the game at one with just over three minutes left in the first period.

Why Bet on Boston’s NHL Playoffs Lines?

Are the Bruins a safe NHL betting pick vs. Toronto in Game 2?

With three days between games for the first time since late February, the Bruins were confident that their bad habits developed in the final weeks of the regular season, such as giving up early leads, would not bleed into the postseason. This team ended the year with losses in four of their final five games but also was just one point from being the top seed in the East.

Boston responded in Game 1 like a potential Cup champion. The Bruins grounded down the Leafs after the teams sat on even terms through one period, getting two quick goals in the final five minutes of the second and cruising to the 5-1 win that showcased the relentless, complete game that made Boston an opponent few teams wanted to face.

“I think as a collective unit we all just looked at each other and said it’s time to go out there and do our thing and not be distracted by anything,” Bruins forward David Backes said.

David Pastrnak scored a goal and picked up two assists. Pastrnak’s goal with 38 seconds left in the second period put the Bruins up 3-1 heading into the final frame and they never looked in danger of blowing the lead from then on. He is the 12th player in Bruins history to record three points in a playoff game at the age of 21 or younger.

Who Else Scores in Game 1?

Brad Marchand scored a goal and picked up an assist. Marchand opened the scoring with a nice move on Frederik Andersen 5:28 into the game and followed that by setting up Pastrnak with 38 seconds left in the second period. Marchand also had an odd moment when he appeared to lick Leafs forward Leo Komarov on the neck during the first period. Not suspension-worthy.

David Krejci notched one goal and one assist. Krejci scored Boston’s third power-play goal of the match when he banked the puck off Andersen from a bad angle. Krejci is the 10th player in Bruins history to score 30 playoff goals and is one from tying Wayne Cashman (31) for ninth.

Sean Kuraly found the back of the net in his return to the lineup. Kuraly missed the last seven games of the regular season due to an upper-body injury. Torey Krug posted two assists, both on Boston power plays. The Bruins went 3-for-6 with the man advantage in the contest. Krug also finished the playoff opener with five shots on goal.

Wingels (undisclosed) left after he was hit into the boards from behind by Toronto’s Kadri. Wingels was still being evaluated after the contest, according to coach Bruce Cassidy.

Expert NHL Playoffs Betting Prediction

Probably no Kadri means bad news for the Leafs. Boston wins 4-3.