Bruins Host Maple Leafs in Possible Playoff Preview
On Friday, the Atlantic Division rivals will clash when the Toronto Maple Leafs (53-21-7) travel to take on the Boston Bruins (51-25-5) in the season finale for both teams.
The Maple Leafs are locked into second place in the Atlantic Division and will likely face either the Bruins or the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Bruins sit just one point behind the Lightning for third place in the Atlantic Division. Boston is coming off a win over the Buffalo Sabres, extending its winning streak to four games.
Maple Leafs Look for Season Finale Victory Over Division Rival Bruins
The Toronto Maple Leafs head into its season finale against the Boston Bruins, coming off a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings, clinching home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Auston Matthews leads the Maple Leafs and the entire NHL in goals with 60 goals, becoming the first U.S.-born player to score 60 goals in a season. He joins only Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin as the only active players to reach the 60-goal mark.
“It’s humbling,” Matthew said. “It’s a big honor just to be in the same breath as those two guys and what they’ve been able to accomplish in their careers. I’m still striving to kind of be on that level still so there’s a lot of work to be done but it’s a big honor just to be in the same sentence as them.”
The 2020-21 Rocket Richard Trophy winner leads a Maple Leafs’ offense that features six players with 20 or more goals, including Mitch Marner (35), William Nylander (32), John Tavares (27), Michael Bunting (23), and Ilya Mikheyev (20).
Matthews’106 points on the year put him fifth in the NHL behind Edmonton Oilers, Leon Draisaitl (109), Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau (113), Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau (115), and points leader, Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (122).
Led by Matthews, the Maple Leafs boast one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL; Toronto’s 3.79 GF/G is third in the NHL.
Defensively, the Maple Leafs allow 3.09 GA/G, 19th in the NHL, and ninth-worst in the Eastern Conference.
Jack Campbell has made the majority of the starts for the Maple Leafs, going 31-9-6 with a .914 SV% and a 2.64 GAA in 47 starts.
Bruins Look to Increase Win Streak in Home Finale
The Boston Bruins head into the season finale, hoping to come away with a victory that would increase its win streak to five games and possibly clinch the third seed in the Atlantic Division.
Offensively, the Bruins boast four players with 20 or more goals, including Patrice Bergeron (22), Jake DeBrusk (24), Brad Marchand (32), and team-leader David Pastrnak (39). The Bruins’ offense averages 3.08 GF/G, which is 15th in the NHL and eighth in the Eastern Conference.
Boston’s defense has been a strength, backed by goaltenders Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman.
Ullmark has gone 25-10-2 with a .914 SV% and a 2.51 GAA in 38 starts. Meanwhile, Swayman has made 38 starts with a record of 23-13-3 with a .915 SV% and a 2.37 GAA.
Heading into the first round of the playoffs, the Bruins will play either the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Carolina Hurricanes.
Maple Leafs vs Bruins Head-to-Head
The Maple Leafs and Bruins have met twice this season with Boston winning both matchups.
Maple Leafs vs Bruins Game Information
- Game: Maple Leafs (53-21-7) vs Bruins (51-25-5)
- Location: TD Garden
- Day/Time: Friday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Maple Leafs vs Bruins Live stream: NHL.TV
Maple Leafs vs Bruins Betting Lines
Maple Leafs vs Bruins Prediction
The total for this game was set at six goals at the sportsbook.
The Maple Leafs are listed at -120 for this game.
When betting online, take over 6½ goals!
Pick: Maple Leafs Over 6½ Goals (EVEN)