Expert NHL Picks for Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

Expert NHL Picks for Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

This article is part of our NHL Picks series.

NHL Picks for Feb. 1: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins (38-7-5) travel north of the border against the Toronto Maple Leafs (31-12-8) at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday night, one of only two games on the NHL schedule .

This is the third of four regular season meetings between these Atlantic Division teams, with the home side having won the previous two battles to date.

Boston took a 4-3 victory at TD Garden in the final game on January 14 as the Over connected, while Toronto took a 2-1 victory at Scotiabank Arena on November 5.

Ilya Samsonov (17-5-2, 2.31 GAA, .917 SV%, 2 SO) is a confirmed starter for the Leafs. He was the winning goaltender in Game 1 on November 5, although he left after two periods due to injury, and then missed the next three and a half weeks.

All-Star Linus Ullmark (25-4-1, 1.90 GAA, 0.936 SV%, 2 SO) is heading to South Florida next weekend, so the team is likely rolling with Jeremy Swayman (12-3-4, 2.34 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO) to give him some rest before Ullmark’s stay. He has yet to face the Leafs this season, while Ullmark is 1-1-0 with a 2.53 ERA and .898 SV% in his two appearances against Toronto.

The Bruins were hammered Sunday in Raleigh by the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1, as Ullmark allowed three goals on 35 shots, only Taylor Hall breaking through offensively.

For the Leafs, they won 5-1 over the Washington Capitals, as Samsonov humiliated his former team. The Leafs have won three of the last four meetings, and Toronto has had at least one point in six of the last seven games.

The B’s are just 1-4 in the last five meetings in Toronto, and Boston is just 1-4 overall in the last five meetings with the Leafs. As such, supporting the Leafs at home is a good play on the money line.

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NHL Moneyline Betting for Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

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Maple Leafs ML (+112 at FanDuel)

The Bs have regularly taken under bets lately, going 5-1-2 in the last eight games overall, while connecting to a 4-1-1 clip in the last six road games.

Additionally, Boston has ended up falling in the last four games against winning teams, while going 4-1-2 in the last seven games against Eastern Conference clubs.

For the Maple Leafs, under bets have cashed in five of the last six games after a win.

You’ll be playing against the trends in the series, as the Over is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings overall, while going 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings in Toronto. However, that one overall sub-result came in Toronto at the first meeting in early November.

Bets on NHL totals for Bruins vs. Maple LeafsUnder 6 (-104 at FanDuel)

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NHL player accessories for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs

Looking at the players’ props, there’s a pair of solid plays in this Atlantic Division showdown.

Boston’s David Pastrnak has been selected for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Sunrise, Fla. via fan vote, and his recent hot-playing streak likely moved the needle. He’s also one of the more colorful characters, which also helps.

“Pasta” managed 13 goals and 21 points in the last 13 games, and he failed to score three times during the period. He also has six multipoint performances during the 13-game hot streak. Tied, the All-Star is worth a roll of the dice as a scorer at any time.

Toronto’s William Nylander has lit the torch in each of the last two games while having six goals and 12 points during his current seven-game point streak. Of course, there’s some risk here, as his last scoreless game was at Boston on January 14. He picked up an apple in the Buds’ first-meeting Toronto win in early November.

He plays with a lot of confidence and will take a lot of hits. He has had at least four shots on goal (SOG) in three of the last five games and nine of the last 13 games, including the last meeting in Boston.

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