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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

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The Boston Bruins had a far better than expected season but it ended on a potentially bad note. At home on the final day of the regular season with a shot to clinch top seed and home ice in the Eastern Conference the Bruins blew the opportunity in a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. As a result, Boston now must face a very capable Toronto Maple Leafs team and young superstar phenom Auston Matthews. No playoff series is easy but this one is likely to be far more than the Bruins bargained for.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

Date and Time: Series opens Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 p.m. ET

Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts and Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

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Maple Leafs vs. Bruins TV Coverage: Check Listings

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will open their best of seven Eastern Conference Playoffs series on Thursday, April 12 at the TD Garden in Boston at 7 p.m. ET. Game two is in Boston on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET. Game three will be at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. ET. Game four is also in Toronto on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. ET. If necessary game five would be in Boston on Saturday, April 21. Game six would be in Toronto on Monday, April 23. And a game seven would be set for TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday, April 25. Game times for the final three games would be determined later.

Injury report

Boston left wig Rick Nash is questionable with a concussion.

Players to Watch

Toronto center Auston Matthews was the top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and has lived up to billing. Matthews had 34 goals with 29 assists and a team best plus-25 on the season. Additional scoring comes from center Nazem Kadri (32 goals), and left wing James van Riemsdyk (36 goals).

Boston left wing Brad Marchand was the team’s leading scorer with 34 goals and 51 assists and a plus-25. Left wing David Pastrnak added 35 goals. Veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara is a big presence in clearing out traffic.

Goalie Report

Boston’s Tuukka Rask posted a save percentage of .917 on the season with a 2.36 goal against average. Rask also had three shutouts in 54 games.

Frederik Andersen emerged as the top netminder for the Leafs with a .918 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average in 66 games. Andersen posted five shutouts on the season.

Special Teams

Toronto ranked second in the NHL for the power play.

Boston had the NHL’s fourth ranked power play and the third best penalty killing unit in the league.

Key Stats

Toronto finished 49-26-5-2 finishing third in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs were 29-10-2-0 at home and 20-16-3-2 on the road. Toronto ranked fourth in the NHL for goal scoring and 12th for goals against.

Boston finished 50-20-9-3 to finish in second place to Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins were 28-8-5-0 at home and 22-12-4-3 on the road. Boston went over the total in just 17 of 41 away games. Boston ranked sixth in the NHL for goal scoring and fourth for goals against.

Toronto has owned Boston recently with seven wins in their last eight games against the Bruins. Just two of the last nine meetings in this head to head series went over the total.

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins Free Picks

Andersen is an underrated goalie and the Leafs youth and secondary scoring depth sets up well for the playoffs. Toronto is a live dog in this series.

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins Series Prediction: Toronto Maple Leafs to win the series in six games.

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