Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mike Babcock

If the Leafs want any prayer of advancing to the second round, they're going to need to figure out how to stop the NHL's best line.

There are a lot of things the Bruins have done right en route to taking a 2-0 series lead over the Maple Leafs, but one thing in particular that has jumped out is how often they've been able to set up shop right in front of Toronto's net and get in flawless position for redirects, rebounds and passes into the slot. On this night, that player was David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick and six points total Saturday. Hampus Lindholm scored top shelf midway through the second to get the lead back down to one, but the Sharks fended off a push with John Gibson pulled in the waning seconds to leave Anaheim with two road wins and a 2-0 series lead.

Forward Auston Matthews was irked as well.

So naturally, after the lopsided Game 2 loss, Matthews was asked about being held scoreless against the backdrop of the line he's matching up against putting up 20 points.

At least the Leafs now get to return to the ACC, something with coach Mike Babcock talked about, when assessing the disaster which occurred on Saturday night. I was trying to squeeze one into Matthews.

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay, which is up 2-0 in the series after going 0-2-1 against the Devils during the regular season. Unless it was my own team. Babcock said. "You've got to give your goalie a chance to be good, we haven't done that". Frederik Andersen was tourched in his two games against teh Bruins so far, but coming into the playoffs he was 10-1 in his career against them and I look for him to get back on track in this one.

"We've got to go home and get regrouped". So that's our first priority. "We have to take care of business at home". The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 16 games.

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How they accomplish that remains to be seen. The team is as healthy as they have been all year at the right time and they are proving to be too powerful for the Maple Leafs to handle.

The Bruins and Leafs traded goals in the third period, with Pastrnak netting his second of the game followed by a Jake Van Riemsdyk power play goal. "It's just they scored; we didn't".

"It would be hard to pick one (thing), to be honest", Hainsey said of what's ailing the penalty kill. After a plucky two periods in Game 1, Colorado wasn't able to keep pace with the Nashville Predators in the final frame. If you add it up, it's 12-4 over six periods. "We deserve every bit of criticism far and wide".

"Good news is, story's not totally written yet". "That's hockey. Got to rebound for Game 3".

In addition to the absence of Nazem Kadri, who served the second of a three-game suspension on Monday, Toronto may be without Leo Komarov for the foreseeable future after the veteran winger left the game in the second period after a collision with Miller along the boards.

The Bruins were again the more physical team, targeting the Leafs' key talented players with hits that did not cross the line in the eyes of referees Trevor Hanson and Marc Joannette. "But in saying all that, you spend your whole year working on your confidence". "In junior, we used to win there all the time, we had good teams, that was always fun".

"Obviously, it hasn't gone the way we wanted. We've got to get off to a good start in our building".

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