Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins Pick
The Bruins welcome the Maple Leafs amid a three-game losing streak. It wasn’t the best losses either, against the Red Wings and Panthers. We can forgive them for losing to the Lightning in their most recent showing, though. The offence, which has been their Achilles this season, failed get a rhythm going. They managed just 4 goals in three games, setting their offence back even further.
We must go all the way back to November 11th to find the last game that the Bruins have scored more than 3 goals in a game. And in nine of ten games since, they’ve scored less than 3 goals. You need goal scorers to compete with the top teams in the NHL in this era, and the Bruins haven’t been able to get much going. Overall, the Bruins are 27th with 2.57 goals scored per game. In their last ten games, it’s been at an all-time low with just 1.6 goals per game.
Conversely, the Maple Leafs have notched 3.8 goals in their previous ten outings. The road hasn’t been a problem for them, as they’ve scored 4.14 goals per game on the road this season. That wasn’t the issue for them against the Red Wings, they got some goals. Sparks wasn’t up for the challenge in net, though. Frederik Andersen and his 2.32 GAA and 0.931 save percentage will be back in net to shoulder the load. Go with the Maple Leafs this evening, as it doesn’t look like the Bruins are going to have the numbers to keep up in this one.