Boston (38-27-6) at Toronto (32-23-15)
When: Monday, March 20th 2017
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: NESN, TSN4
The Boston Bruins finish off a four-game road trip with a visit to Air Canada Centre to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Boston, who will play five of their next six at home, are currently 2-1 on the trek after a 7-4 loss in Edmonton on Thursday night. Boston saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with the loss at Edmonton and will try to improve on a 0-3-0 record against the Maple Leafs this season. Brad Marchand has been on fire for the Bruins, recording five goals and four assists in his last three games, while David Pastrnak is riding a career-best 11-game point streak. Marchand is three goals behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (40) for the league lead and has a career-high 79 points – 18 more than his previous best from last season. Pastrnak, who is second on the team in points with 63, has six goals and nine assists during his streak – netting five goals in his last five games. Patrice Bergeron, who has recorded five assists in his last four games, along with Drew Stafford and Tim Schaller reportedly missed practice Sunday while forwards Noel Acciari and Sean Kuraly were recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League. The Bruins allowed three power-play goals against Edmonton after going 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in a four-game span.
The Maple Leafs are in a battle for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, but at the same time, are only three points behind Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand. The Maple Leafs lost 2-1 in overtime to Chicago on Saturday but maintained a one-point lead over the New York Islanders for the second wild card and have earned points in five of six games. Calder Trophy candidate (top rookie) Auston Matthews snapped a seven-game point drought with his team-leading 32nd goal Saturday and tops Toronto with 56 points. Fellow rookie Mitch Marner (team-high 38 assists) has seven points in his last eight games to pull within one of Matthews while the 20-year-old William Nylander enters Monday with a seven-game point streak. Frederik Andersen has stopped 70-of-72 shots over his last two games and is 3-0-0 with a .929 save percentage in three starts versus Boston this season. Defenseman Connor Carrick (upper body) could return to the lineup on Monday after missing the last 11 games. Toronto will visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Toronto has Boston’s number this season and are playing well right now. Boston is scoring goals, but they’re also allowing a bunch on this trip. I think the young Leafs get it done tonight.
Pick: Maple Leafs +110
HEAD TO HEAD
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