Chirper’s Corner: Toronto at Boston

Saturday’s Game of the Night features the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins in their first meeting since the infamous Game 7 meltdown.

 

Break out your Coors Original six packs – The Leafs and Bruins are kickin’ it old school. That’s what I love about Original Six hockey; I keep getting older but the rivalries are timeless. Moneyline odds on this game make it untouchable for the side but Over/Under betting is where it’s at and sports betting shops are posting a ‘5’ with some juice attached.

 

LEAFS at BRUINS

Best NHL Odds: Boston -180 and 5 Over (-125) – William Hill

Toronto is traveling for the second game of a back to back while Boston has been sleeping in its own beds for a few nights. It’s gonna be easy to get up for this one ladies and gents, especially after hitting Cheers for a pre-game pop or two. Beantown is gonna be rockin’ as the Red Sox fans go in search of a new hangover.

 

Okay, shoot me. When I said I only write about the Leafs when they’re playing the Habs, I lied. Apparently Original Six matchups also qualify and there is a lot of history between these two. The history since 2006 favors the Beantowners 34-17 with 28 overs, 19 unders and 4 pushes but if we only go back as far as the 2011 season, Boston is 13-4 with 10 overs, 5 unders and a pair of pushes. Click SportsDatabase.com: Bruins and Leafs, head to head for betting stats and records!

 

[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Since the start of 2011 the Boston Bruins are averaging 4.0 goals per game against the Leafs[/quote_text]

 

The Leafs played a sleeper of a game against Jersey last night, dragging it out after Jonathan Bernier allowed a softie with five minutes to play. Thanks Bernier, I can now enjoy my room temperature yogurt. It makes things a little bit easier on betting, and on my digestive system. Just brutal. I haven’t seen a goal go in like that since Christ was an Altar boy! Toronto eventually won 2-1 in a shootout and Bernier made up for his one lapse with a solid showing against Jersey’s top guns but the extra ice time didn’t do his teammates any favors.

 

Boston is coming off an easy 4-1 victory over the lowly Florida Panthers that sent Kevin Dineen to the streets but I think Randy Carlisle’s job is pretty safe, for now. When the total is O/U 5 the Bruins are just 15-13 at home off a home win but they still score 3.1 goals per game and that’s led to a 15-9-4 O/U record. Toronto’s given up 37 goals in its past nine visits to the Garden (4.1 GPG) and after this one I think they’ll be hearing “Kessel” chants in their sleep! Look for Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic to light a spark for Bo-town. Bring it on. Cheers!

 

Chirper’s Pick: Leafs and Bruins OVER 5 -125 (***out of *****)

 

Squeaker Pick: Canucks/Kings UNDER 5 +112

 

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