One of the two NHL games scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, will be played in Toronto, so make sure you read the best Bruins vs. Maple Leafs betting pick and odds.
Boston is desperate to snap a three-game losing skid when they visit Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. The Bruins are -120 moneyline favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 5.5 goals. These Atlantic Division foes will meet for the third time this season, the series is tied at 1-1.
Bruins lost to Carolina on the road
The Boston Bruins (38-7-2-3, 32-18 ATS) are going through their worst period of the season as they suffered three consecutive defeats. All three came on the road as the Bruins are currently on a five-game road trip which will end with this clash against Toronto on Wednesday. The most recent loss was against the Carolina Hurricanes, who deserved a 4-1 victory. Still, the Bruins have the best record in the entire NHL with 81 points, nine more than the Canes and 11 ahead of the Maple Leafs.
Taylor Hall scored the lone goal for Boston, but that was only a consolation for the Bruins, who were 3-0 down at the time and then allowed a shorthanded goal for a final 4-1 outcome. This season, David Pastrnak is not only the best Bruin, but he is the 4th best player in the NHL with 71 points (G38, A33), even 25 more than the next Boston player in that standings. Brad Marchand has 46 points (G 16, A 30) and David Krejci contributes 41 (G 12, A 29).
Jeremy Swayman (12-3-4) is slated to start between the sticks against Toronto on Wednesday. The 24-year-old is surrendering 2.34 goals per game this year with a .914 SV% and one shutout.
C Tomas Nosek (foot) and LW Jake DeBrusk (fibula) are out indefinitely and will not face Toronto on Wednesday.
Maple Leafs got an easy W at home over Washington
The Toronto Maple Leafs (31-12-7-1) responded to a 6-2 home loss to the Ottawa Senators with a comfortable 5-1 home victory over the Washington Capitals. The Leafs will now conclude their five-game homestay with a tilt against Boston, after which they’ll travel to Columbus and then will return home for a three-game stay. Toronto won five of the last seven games and is 3rd in the East with 70 points, 11 behind the Bruins.
Washington got to a 1-0 lead in Toronto, but the Maple Leafs answered with four goals in the second period and added one more in the final frame to secure an easy win. The hosts were quite accurate in front of the goals as they scored five goals from 27 shots. Michael Bunting and John Tavares led the team with two points apiece. This year, William Nylander (G 28, A 31) and Mitchell Marner (G 18, A 41) lead the Maple Leafs with 59 points each, Auston Matthews has 53 (G 25, A 28), while John Tavares chips in 51 points (G 21, A 30).
Ilya Samsonov (17-5-2) is already a confirmed goaltender for Toronto against Boston on Wednesday. The 25-year-old is allowing 2.31 goals per game this season with a .917 SV% and two shutouts.
C Auston Matthews (knee), D T.J. Brodie (ribs), D Jake Muzzin (neck), and G Matt Murray (undisclosed) are out indefinitely and will not feature on Wednesday in Toronto.
- 1-4 in the last five games against Toronto
- 1-4 in the last five games when playing on the road against Toronto
- 5-2 in the last seven overall
- 51-18 in the last 69 home games
- 15-6 in the last 21 vs. a team with a winning % above .600
Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Pick
Boston is going through a rough patch but still has enough space to recover and remains atop the Eastern Conference. However, I don’t think the Bruins’ losing skid will snap in Toronto, considering the current form of both teams and the fact that the Maple Leafs won seven of the previous eight home games. Also, Toronto won four of the last five H2Hs at home, including each of the last three. Even without Matthews, the Leafs are a dangerous team and I think the Bruins will feel that on their own skin on Wednesday.
Pick: Take the Maple Leafs to win (+109)
Although Linus Ullmark is the best goaltender in the NHL at the moment, Jeremy Swayman, who will likely start for the Bruins, is in excellent form right now and is allowed just 1.66 goals per game in January. That said, I don’t think the Maple Leafs will be fruitful in front of the goal like they did the last time out against Washington, and that’s why I expect a low-scoring affair. Under is 5-1-2 in the Bruins’ last eight overall; Under is 4-1-1 in Boston’s previous six road games, while Under is 4-0 in the Maple Leafs’ last four after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.
Pick: Go Under 5.5 goals (-110)