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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game 6: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

We've got just one game for Thursday night in the NHL, but it's a hotly anticipated matchup between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

It's a do-or-die game for the Maple Leafs tonight, as the Bruins have them on the brink of elimination, up 3-2 in this opening round series. The series has shifted back to Toronto, which actually bodes better for Boston as they took Games 3 and 4 of the series in Toronto.

Auston Matthews will miss tonight's contest as he battles through an illness. It must be a pretty serious sickness to be held out of two Stanley Cup playoff games. Max Domi will again centre the top line in between Tyler Bertuzzi and Mitch Marner.

It was a surprising move by the Boston Bruins to alter their lineup in Game 5 after gaining a stranglehold on the series, leading 3-1. They decided to bench Kevin Shattenkirk and John Beecher, two depth players who were performing well. They'll make a comeback in the lineup tonight as the Bruins aim to close out the series.

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game 6 betting picks and predictions

Boston Bruins Moneyline (-120)

I'm sorry, Maple Leafs fans, but it’ll end tonight.   

It might be too tall of a task to replicate the heroics of the last game to come through with a win despite missing their 69-goal scorer in Matthews. I think the loss of number 34 will be too much to overcome for a second straight game. Not to mention, the Bruins have won 10 of their last 12 head-to-head meetings against the Maple Leafs.

Boston seems to have found their starting goalie, and they're sticking with him. Jeremy Swayman gets the start of the fourth straight game, which hasn't happened since the beginning of January. They made the switch after Linus Ullmark's Game 2 loss. Swayman has a 6-0-1 record, a 1.40 GAA and a .954 S% in those seven games. These stellar numbers will continue tonight.

William Nylander Over 3.5 Shots on Goal (-125)

William Nylander has cleared this line in four of his last six games, averaging 4.0 shots on 9.2 shot attempts. He has cleared in three of his previous five home games, averaging 4.0 shots on 10.0 shot attempts.

With Auston Matthews on the shelf last game, Nylander stepped up as the team's top shooter, finishing with five shots on goal and 12 shot attempts. In games without Matthews, Nylander has cleared in four straight games, averaging 5.0 shots on 8.8 shot attempts – including a game earlier this season where he had four shots on seven attempts.

Against the Bruins, Nylander has cleared in three of his last six games, averaging 4.5 shots on 8.8 shot attempts. Thus far this playoffs, the Bruins have allowed 7.2 shots on goal to right-wingers per game — that's an increase from their 5.6 average from the regular season.

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Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game 6 odds

BOS Bruins

-130 ML

TOR Maple Leafs

+110 ML

Puck Line

BOS -1.5 (+210)

Total

O/U 5.5

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game 6 player props

Anytime Goalscorer

David Pastrnak (BOS)

+100

William Nylander (TOR)

+125

John Tavares (TOR)

+145

Mitchell Marner (TOR)

+170

Brad Marchand (BOS)

+200

Tyler Bertuzzi (BOS)

+225

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Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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