Leafs Hope to Make Statement
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to head into the All-Star break with another impressive victory when they host the league-best Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
The Maple Leafs rolled over the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Sunday without reigning Hart Trophy winner Auston Matthews (knee) and can post their fifth win in six outings overall against mighty Boston.
The Bruins, who boast an 11-point lead on second-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division, opened a five-game road trip with a win at Montreal before dropping the last three while managing just six goals combined.
The Maple Leafs have the second-most points in the league at home (20-4-4) and Boston is tied for third in away points (16-6-2).
According to the NHL conference odds, the Bruins (+280) have the best odds to win the East and Toronto is currently second (+420).
Let’s check the latest NHL news, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Bruins vs Maple Leafs. We’ve got plenty of NHL picks for you to consider.
Bruins Offense Needs Boost
Boston averaged 4.2 goals per game during a six-game winning streak before going 0-for-12 on the power play in losses at Tampa Bay, Florida and Carolina. It’s the first time the Bruins have lost consecutive games this season.
Right wing David Pastrnak was shut out by Carolina in the 4-1 defeat on Sunday, but is fourth in the league in scoring with 71 points, including 13 of his 38 goals in the past 13 games.
Left wing forward Brad Marchand (46 points, 42 games) managed just one goal in his last six contests while fellow veteran centers Patrice Bergeron (no points, last three games) and David Krejci (one goal, 10 games) have cooled off a bit.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone over just once in Boston’s last eight contests (1-5-2) and the Bruins are 6-0-1 overall after two days’ rest this season.
Toronto Without Matthews
Matthews’ absence won’t help in this battle of league titans, but there will still be plenty of offensive talent on the ice for Toronto.
Forward William Nylander has been at his best in the first half with 59 points, including six goals and six assists during his current seven-game point streak. Fellow forward Mitch Marner shares the team lead in points and has four assists in two games versus the Bruins this season.
Goalie Ilya Samsonov is expected to get his seventh straight start with Matt Murray out injured. The former Washington Capital is 15-1-1 at home with a 1.90 goals-against average and .930 save percentage, including a win over Boston on Nov. 5.
The NHL betting lines total has been under in five of the last six games following a Toronto win.
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— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 30, 2023
Bruins vs Maple Leafs Game Injuries
Bruins vs Maple Leafs Head-to-Head
Each team has won its home game in the first two of four matchups this season.
Toronto limited the Bruins to 21 shots in a 2-1 triumph early in November to snap Boston’s seven-game win streak and the Bruins rebounded by getting a goal from defenseman Matt Grzelcyk with 1:16 remaining for a 4-3 victory on Jan. 14.
According to NHL betting lines, the over is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings at Toronto.
Bruins vs Maple Leafs Game Information
- Game: Bruins (38-7-5) vs Maple Leafs (31-12-8)
- Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Bruins vs Maple Leafs Live Stream: NHL.TV
Bruins vs Maple Leafs Betting Lines
Bruins vs Maple Leafs Picks & Prediction
Despite losing two straight games for the first time this season, goalie Linus Ullmark made 18 saves in the recent victory over Toronto and is the heavy favorite to win the Vezina Trophy if you are betting online sports.
Ullmark is expected to get the start before heading to Florida for his first All-Star weekend appearance and the Bruins will be determined to rebound with a big offensive show to support him. The Maple Leafs will also face the NHL’s best defense (2.12 against per game) and top penalty-killing unit (86.2 percent). Boston is 9-1 in its last 10 games after scoring two or less in the previous contest.
Toronto is just 21-30 ATS while the Bruins are 32-18.
Toronto is listed at -100 in our Las Vegas NHL odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Maple Leafs, you have a chance to win 100. Boston is -120, offering a chance to win $83 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Toronto a 50.00% chance to win, with the Bruins at 54.55%.