NHL Odds: Elimination Game 7 this Thursday between Boston and Toronto. For the third time since 2013, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will play each other in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After squandering an opportunity to end the series on Sunday on home ice, the Toronto Maple Leafs are sure to have the ghosts of 2013 and 2018 on their minds.
Auston Matthews has been the best player for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the First Round of the playoffs. Matthews leads the Leafs with five goals and one assist, and has put the team on his back. He’ll be called upon in a big way this Tuesday when the Leafs attempt to eliminate the Bruins in Boston. Bet on hockey at Bodog and get a free 100% bonus.
Both of those series resulted in crushing Game 7 defeats at the hands of the Bruins and ended hopeful Maple Leaf seasons. Though this is a new year with new players, history has a way of influencing the present.
Will the Leafs be able to exercise their daemons on Tuesday or will 2019 end in another disappointing First Round exit at the hands of the Bruins?
After beating Boston at their own defensive-styled game at the TD Garden in Game 5, the Leafs returned to Toronto for Game 6 and an opportunity to advance to Round 2 for the first time since 2004. According to Bodog Sportsbook pros the Bruins outshot Toronto 41-24 and Brad Marchand netted two goals to end the Leafs’ bid to end the series.
Now the series turns back to Boston. Both teams have a 1-2 record on home ice during the series, so the Bruins will attempt to reverse that on Tuesday (7:00 PM ET) and punch their ticket to the Second Round by eliminating Toronto for the second time in two years.