Air Canada Centre will be hosting an Original Six matchup as the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the visiting Boston Bruins. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, and fans at home are able to witness it live on New England Sports Network.
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Earning moneyline bettors 0.8 units, Toronto is 10-7 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Atlantic Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Of the team’s 17 games this season, 11 have gone over the total, while four have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 6-3 SU at home.
The Maple Leafs have converted on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.
The Maple Leafs, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to stave off opposition power plays for just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
With a .898 save percentage and 29.5 saves per game, Frederik Andersen (9-6) has been the top option in goal for the Leafs this season. If head coach Mike Babcock chooses to rest him, however, Toronto could go with Curtis McElhinney (1-1-1 record, .869 save percentage, 4.10 goals against average).
The Leafs will continue looking for leadership from Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri. Matthews (19 points) has tallied 10 goals and nine assists and has recorded two or more points on six separate occasions this year. Kadri has nine goals and five assists to his name and has notched at least one point in eight games.
Over on the other bench, Boston is 6-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 14 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. As a road team so far, the Bruins are 1-4 SU.
The Bruins have scored on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fourth overall and it’s successfully killed off 87.5 percent of all penalties.
Boston’s skaters have been penalized 4.4 times per game this season. Last season, that number was at 4.2, which was the sixth-worst mark in the league. After serving an average of 10.1 penalty minutes per game a year ago (eighth-most in the league), the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 11.6 minutes per matchup this season.
Tuukka Rask (2.77 goals against average and .903 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Boston. Rask is averaging 25.2 saves per game and has three wins, seven losses, and two OT losses to his credit.
David Pastrnak (nine goals, seven assists) and Brad Marchand (eight goals, six assists) are the top offensive options for Boston and will lead the offensive attack for the visiting Bruins.
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Maple Leafs, O/U – Over
Seven of Toronto’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 2-5 overall in those games.
The Bruins are 2-4 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 3-5 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
The over has hit in three of Toronto’s last five games.
Toronto skaters have averaged 17.2 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 12.8 giveaways per game (ranked 29th in the league).