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The Toronto Maple Leafs renew a home team-dominated rivalry on Friday night against a nemesis that is depleted up front.
The Maple Leafs are a -120 home favourite against the even-money underdog Boston Bruins with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Both teams will play again Saturday and the Maple Leafs are 8-2 in their last 10 games when they were also playing again the next day, with the total going UNDER at sports betting sites in six of those contests. The Bruins are 7-3 in their last 10 games when they were also playing again the next day, with a 5-5 split on the total. The home team is 15-7 in the last 22 games in this matchup.
Bruins at Maple Leafs | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Bruins lead the Atlantic Division with an 11-3-4 record, but are on a four-game losing streak. Boston has its Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand-David Pastrnak first line serving as a big reason why it is fifth in the NHL at five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (52.26 percent). However, the Bruins’ forward depth has been thinned-out by injuries to forwards David Backes, Jake DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn, which could hurt them with a game against the Washington Capitals ahead on Saturday. Boston has the NHL’s fifth-ranked offense (3.56 goals per game) and fourth-ranked defense (2.50). When it gets the man advantage, Boston’s third-ranked power play (30.5 per cent) will face Toronto’s 23rd-ranked penalty kill (76.8).
Tuukka Rask, who is 7-2-2 this season with a 2.16 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, is projected to start in goal for Boston on Friday night.
The Maple Leafs, who are 9-7-4, are on a three-game slide but managed to produce four goals in their last outing against the New York Islanders, one of the league’s stingiest teams. Toronto’s three main lines centered by Auston Matthews, John Tavares and Alex Kerfoot have raised the Maple Leafs to third in the NHL at five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (53.18 percent), which suggests there might be upside for a team with a 10th-ranked offense (3.35 goals per game) and 21st-ranked defense (3.25). Toronto’s power play is ranked 20th (17.6 percent) and it will have to try to outwit a 13th-ranked Bruins penalty kill (82.1).
Frederik Andersen, who is 9-3-3 this season with a 2.72 goals-against average and .912 save percentage, is projected to start in goal for Toronto.
The Maple Leafs’ game against the Penguins on Saturday is the start of a six-game road stretch that also includes visiting the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.