After shellacking Toronto by a combined 12-4 score at home, the Boston Bruins go for a 3-0 series stranglehold Monday as the first-round matchup shifts to the Air Canada Centre. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET.
Sportsbooks opened the desperate Maple Leafs as -118 favorites, but action on Boston dropped the line to -110. That means you have to risk $110 to win $100 on Toronto. The over-under, or total number of goals Vegas thinks will be scored, is 5.5.
Toronto has had no answer for Boston’s top line. Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand produced an incredible 20 points in two games.
But at home the Leafs are sure to put up a better fight; they’re 21-7 in their past 28 home games overall and have defeated Boston four straight times in Toronto.
Before you make your picks, you need to see what SportsLine expert David Kelly has to say. A Toronto-born hockey analyst with multiple advanced degrees, Kelly is on a mind-blowing NHL run.
He has nailed 18 of his past 23 picks, including going 3-0 on Sunday and nailing Games 1 and 2 of Toronto-Boston. He’s up $5,597 this season at SportsLine for $100 bettors. That’s right — anyone following his picks is up nearly $5,600.
Now, using his proprietary data models and unmatched knowledge of the game, Kelly has examined Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 3 from every angle and released a strong money line pick. He’s sharing it over at SportsLine.
Kelly knows the Bruins knocked out Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen early Saturday, scoring three goals on their first five shots. He’ll be back in net Monday and his confidence could be an issue. Boston has converted 5 of 10 power-play chances.
But Toronto’s top line, led by Auston Matthews, should wake up at home after being held without a point in Boston. Matthews, William Nylander and Zach Hyman combined for 164 points in the regular season, and the raucous home crowd should get them going.
We can tell you Kelly is leaning over 5.5 goals, but what about the side, which he has made his name picking?
Will the desperate Leafs respond at home? Or will the Bruins put a stranglehold on the series? Visit SportsLine now to get David Kelly’s exclusive pick, all from an incomparable NHL expert who’s up nearly $5,600 on NHL picks.