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#37 Boston
Bruins 6.5
#38 Toronto
Maple Leafs -135

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:05pm

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Game Stats

Boston Bruins

25 - 19

25-19
ATS
16-25
O/U
2
PPG
2
OPPG

Toronto Maple Leafs

28 - 15

28-15
ATS
20-20
O/U
3
PPG
2
OPPG

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Having snapped a season-high five-game winning run, the Boston Bruins (3rd in Atlantic Division) will be trying to get back on track while visiting Toronto, where the local Maple Leafs (2nd in Atlantic) return following a victory in New Jersey…

Bruins Lose Against Caps… Again!

A five-game winning run came to an end for the Boston Bruins (25-15-4), who dropped a 4-2 decision against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on Thursday, thus losing to the reigning Stanley Cup champions for the 14th consecutive time. Ryan Donato (6 goals, 9 points this year) and David Krejci (8 goals, 34 points) both scored for the Bruins, who have now gone 8-3-0 in their last 11 fixtures. The team sits 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 54 points from 44 outings and has posted a 9-9-4 road record.

Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves against the Caps, taking his current performance total to 13-7-2 for the season with a 2.39 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Tuukka Rask, though, is expected back in the crease versus Toronto, having posted a 16-7-2 career record against the Maple Leafs with a 2.14 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He is 12-8-2 on the rolling year with a 2.43 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 15th in least goals scored per game (2.89), 2nd in least goals conceded on average (2.59), 2nd best in power play (28.2%) and 10th in penalty kill (81.4%).

Tavares Lifts Leafs Past New Jersey

The Toronto Maple Leafs (28-13-2) recorded their second victory in the past three fixtures (2-1-0) after beating the New Jersey Devils with a score of 4-2 at Prudential Center on Thursday. John Tavares (29 goals, 50 points this year) netted twice, including his 300th NHL career marker. Connor Brown (16 points) buried his fourth snipe of the season, while Mitch Marner (16 goals, 57 points) notched an empty-netter 22 seconds from time. The Leafs are 7-3-0 in their last 10 contests and are sitting 2nd in the Atlantic Division with 58 points from 43 games.

Goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 shots in New Jersey and has now gone 3-3-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.29 GAA and a .886 save percentage. He is 2-2-0 for Toronto with a 2.53 GAA and a .919 save percentage, and has registered a 2-1-1 past tally against the Boston Bruins with a 2.08 GAA and a .940 save percentage. The Maple Leafs are scoring the 2nd highest bulk of goals per game so far this year (3.63), while giving up the 6th lowest quantity on the defensive end (2.77). They are 8th in power play with a 22.1% success rate and 14th in penalty kill with 80.2% efficiency.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Even though the Bruins have won three of their last four meetings with the Maple Leafs, their trips to Toronto have brought little success over the past few years, with only one victory to show on the past eight visits. The Leafs have been a solid home team, especially against sides with a losing road record (22-8). So, expect Toronto to deliver after going with just one domestic triumph in the last four home outings.

Prediction: Toronto Maple Leafs

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The very last four fixtures between the pair have been quite high-scoring contests, with two of them producing six strikes, and the other two amassing to nine and eleven goals respectively. The Maple Leafs have already gone over the total in seven of their last 10 home contests, while five of the previous eight outings of the Bruins, played on a single day’s rest, have all gone past the six-goal mark.

Prediction: Over 6

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