A bitter and historic rivalry is renewed as the Boston Bruins head north to do battle the Toronto Maple Leafs, using their old foes night on Saturday.
It is always special when these two teams face-off against one another, particularly given their history. The Bruins have knocked the Leafs from this post-season the past two seasons, also awarded the NHLs insistence on the arrangement — its a fantastic shot these teams meet again this spring.
Both groups created off-season modifications, and that Saturday night may be a bit more cordial than usual, together with the Leafs getting rid of Nazem Kadri, the meeting. Though the Bruins have a points advantage at the moment both squads have started this season well, but Toronto has been improved in terms of Corsi and expected goals.
Entering tonight, Toronto will be hard-pressed the centre as John Tavares will miss after suffering a broken finger. Expect the void in his or her absence to fill. For the Bruins, theyll turn to goalie Jaroslav Halak tonight, while Joakim Nordstrom and centres David Krejci will overlook. Its also worth noting that after enduring a challenging shot block in his latest game continuing Selke Trophy candidate Patrice Bergeron is expected to play.
Even though its still October, anticipate this matchup to come with a playoff-feel to it given the history between these two squads. Though the Leafs enter this competition shorthanded, it is time for them to demonstrate that they can hang with the Bruins that are feisty. Continue reading below the chances for a full game report, Saturday evening, and betting prediction with this Original 6 clash.
Boston Bruins (+106)
@ Toronto Maple Leafs (-117)
Over 6.5 (+106)
Under 6.5 (-115)
Although outsiders might perceive that the Leafs to become scuffling along as a side early in the calendar year, their underlying benefits and numbers have been encouraging. Theyve been bad but Frederik Andersen expect a Leafs group that is motivated and hungry because they look to seek revenge on the Bruins for last springs playoff exit.
Toronto has been solid this season at target metrics that are expected and shots. Their new-look protection has minimized the time spent within their zone, and has placed together an emphasis on head-manning the puck into the Leafs huge selection of skilled and speedy forwards. The Leafs team rate has given the Bruins matches — Toronto may and should exploit this with lumbering defencemen at the lineup like Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara.
On home ice, the Leafs have fared beyond the speed benefit. Having last change provides them control over who to fit against the dominating top-line of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron of Boston. The Leafs expect Jake Muzzin to be a part of the on Saturday evening, and were in limiting them leading last April.
Despite being without Zach Hyman, Tavares, and Travis Dermott — that remains a Leafs group thats currently playing better than their record would suggest. This day boston will need to endure accidents, and they dont have the new-found depth at the position the Leafs do. Expect Toronto to ship a large season message against their long-time competitors, en route to a victory on home ice.