NHL: Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs - Jan 12th

Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference will meet up for a huge game on Saturday, January 12. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will meet up for an Atlantic Division showdown up in Canada. These two teams win games in very different ways, but both teams are real contenders to win the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins enter this week having won four straight games, including a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic. Boston suffered a ton of injuries in the early part of the season, but are starting to get all of their players back. Toronto enters this week having won six of their previous eight games, and are in second place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have a young roster full of future NHL stars.

Maple Leafs Scoring Goals

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the top scoring teams in the NHL this season, averaging over 3.7 goals per game. Toronto has been terrific on the power play, converting over 22 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Maple Leafs were one of the top teams in the NHL a season ago, and they look to be taking the next step this season. If Toronto is able to get chances on offense, they are awfully hard to stop.

The Maple Leafs have four different players who have racked up at least 39 points on offense this season. Center John Tavares leads the team with 27 goals, but they have plenty of other capable goal scorers. Mitch Marner is near the top of the league in both assists (40) and total points (55). Goaltender Frederik Anderson has won 20 of the 30 games that he has started in net for the Maple Leafs.

Bruins Defense Among Best in League

Toronto has overwhelmed opponents with their offense this season, but the Bruins have won games with their defense. The Bruins are giving up just 2.6 goals per game this season, and are the third hardest team to score on in the league. Goalie Tuukka Rask has dealt with injuries this season, but when healthy is still one of the top goaltenders in the league. Slowing down the Toronto offensive attack will be a huge key for the Bruins.

The Bruins have scored just over 2.8 goals per game on offense this season, but they have been deadly with the man advantage. Boston has converted on 27.4 percent of their power play chances this season, which is the 4th best mark in the NHL. Left-winger David Pastrnak is among the league leaders in goals scored with 25 of them on the season. The Bruins will need to score some goals to keep up with Toronto.

Toronto Wins Important Battle

Both the Maple Leafs and Bruins are trying to track down the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division, and this is an important game. Toronto will try to speed this game up, while the Bruins will try to control the puck. In a game like this, it's best to just bet the home team and let it ride. Take the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.