The Bruins first face the Vancouver Canucks on home-ice on Thursday evening ahead of this game, but their result prior to that was a 2-1 OT win against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden on Monday evening, with Brad Marchand scoring the winning goal.
The Bruins are surprisingly only averaging 2.80 Goals per Game, which is only 24th in the standings overall. Defensively they are allowing just 2.20 Goals per Game, which is very impressive and leaves them 2nd in the overall NHL standings for the season.
Despite the team’s lack of goals, David Pastrnak leads the NHL individual scoring charts for the season to date with 12 goals to his name.
The Maple Leafs were up against the New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Arena on the Friday evening prior to this game, after having beaten the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on home-ice on Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.40 Goals per Game, which leaves them 8th in the overall rankings. Defensively they have allowed just 2.70 Goals per Game, which leaves them 5th in the standings.
The injured Auston Matthews remains the Maple Leafs leading scorer on 10 goals, while Mitch Marner has registered 14 assists.
This is not an easy game for hockey predictions between two teams that are definitely seen as serious Stanley Cup contenders in the betting odds, but home-ice advantage and the continued absence of Matthews for the Maple Leafs just sways us towards the Bruins to win this on the Money Line.
Pick: Money Line – Boston Bruins