The 26-17-0-5 Toronto Maples Leafs will open their best of seven NHL playoff series on the road when they take on the 28-14-3-3 Boston Bruins in a pro hockey game on Wednesday night. Face off time from Boston is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CNBC.
The NHL playoff game one odds has the home club Boston Bruins favored by -180 odds with the take back on the underdog Toronto Maple Leafs at +165 odds. The goal over under line is set at 5 goals.
The teams went head to head four times during the lockout shortened year with Boston winning three of the four games. At home the Bruins had a regulation and shootout victory against the Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs are 13-8-0-3 on the road this season. They enter the playoffs as the fifth seed trailing the fourth seeded Boston Bruins by five points. They fail to earn home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs as the team dropped four of their past six games to close the regular season. They are sixth in the league in scoring offense by averaging 3 goals per game. On defense they allow 32.3 shots on their goal which is 27th an fourth last in the NHL.
The Bruins are 16-5-0-3 on home ice. They close the season dropping seven their past ten games but hold onto home ice as Toronto falters late. They put a lot of pressure on the opponent’s goal as the Bruins are second in the league on shots on goal with 32.4 per game. Boston is fourth on the penalty kill and third in the league in scoring defense by surrendering just 2.2 goals per game.