NHL: Boston Bruins vs, Toronto Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs were extremely competitive during the regular season, and their first round playoff series has been entertaining so far. Toronto was able to a take a 2-1 series lead with a home victory in game three. The Maple Leafs will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with another victory at home on Wednesday night.

Toronto finished the regular season with 100 points, but that was seven less than the Bruins total of 107. The Maple Leafs were able to win game 1 of the series by a score of 4-1, before the Bruins responded with a 4-1 victory in game two. These two teams play extremely different styles of hockey, but both teams are contenders to win the Stanley Cup. The Toronto Maple Leafs are -120 in game four of the series.

Maple Leafs Want to Score

The Toronto Maple Leafs know that their offense will be the key to their success in this series. Toronto has found a way to score eight goals so far this series, but they can be even better. The Maple Leafs averaged 3.49 goals per game during the regular season, and they have plenty of talent. Goaltender Frederik Andersen might be the MVP of the playoffs so far for the Maple Leafs, and is stopping nearly 94 percent of the shots that he has faced. Toronto can't count on this type of performance going forward.

Young Auston Matthews is one of the most talented players in the NHL, and he broke through with his first goal of the 2019 Playoffs in game three. Center Mitch Marner leads the team with two goals and three points so far, and John Tavares has chipped in with two assists. The Maple Leafs can score with all four of their lines, and this will be a key for them going forward.

Rask Has Been Sharp in Net

The Boston Bruins allowed just 2.59 goals per game during the regular season, but they have struggled a bit on defense. Goaltender Tuukka Rask has stopped 93 percent of shot attempts so far in this series, and has allowed just seven goals. The Bruins have allowed the Maple Leafs to get their offense rolling in both of their losses, and will need to fix this moving forward.

Left winger Brad Marchand reached 100 points during the regular season, and has already tallied three of them so far in the playoffs. Center Charlie Coyle has tallied two goals to lead the team, but Boston needs to find more offense to get back into the series. The Bruins converted on 26 percent of their power-play chances this season, and will need that to jump start this offense in game four.

Bruins Even Up Series

This series just has the feel of one that is going to go the distance, and the Bruins aren't going to let the Maple Leafs jump out to a commanding lead. Boston will slow this game down, and will be able to find just enough offense to even up the series. The Bruins are going to head back home with the series tied at two games apiece. Take the underdog and bet the Boston Bruins +100 over the Maple Leafs in Game 4.