The Toronto Maple Leafs (16-8-0) and the Boston Bruins (13-6-4) meet at the Scotiabank Arena on Monday evening in a game between two of the teams that featured in many pundits predictions for Stanley Cup success this season.
Following consecutive losses on the road at the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets, the Maple Leafs returned to winning ways with a 6-0 win on home-ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night, with Andreas Johnsson scoring three goals as they dominated from the start.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.50 Goals per Game, leaving them 4th in the NHL overall standings, while defensively they have allowed 2.58 Goals per Game to leave them 3rd overall. John Tavares is the leading scorer for the Maple Leafs with 15 goals, while Mitch Marner has contributed 24 assists to date.
The Bruins had a 3-2 win on the road at their Atlantic Division arch-rivals (and those of the Maple Leafs), the Montreal Canadiens, on Saturday evening. John Moore secured the win for the Bruins with a goal late in the 3rd Period, after they had earlier surrendered a two-goal advantage.
Despite the efforts of 17-goal David Pastrnak, the Bruins are only averaging 2.83 Goals per Game, which positions then down in 22nd place in the overall standings. Defensively they are only allowing 2.39 Goals per Game though, to leave them joint 1st. Patrice Bergeron has provided 17 assists.
With home-ice advantage and their greater goal threat, the Maple Leafs are the our betting tip on the Money Line odds in this game.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs @ -140 (William Hill)