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Apr 23
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Rob Longley
Rob Longley 
A veteran sports columnist with the Toronto Sun who has covered the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays for more than a decade as well as major sporting events around the globe. His interest in sports wagering and handicapping began when he started covering horse racing’s Triple Crown back in 1996.
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No matter the sport, no matter the round, no matter the venue, little tops a Game 7. Add layers to it given the Original Six opponents and the renewed rivalry they’ve had the past six years. Little separates the two opponents this time around: The Big Bad Bruins still live up to that reputation, a style suited to the playoffs while the Leafs thrive on speed and skill.

The Pick: TOR (+115) via Sports Interaction
A series in which neither team has managed to win back-to-back games is down to 60 minutes or more at the TD Garden. Home ice gives the Bruins a slight edge in the betting line, but neither team is intimidated by the other’s building. Last year, the Leafs youth was a strike against, this year their inconsistency.

There’s little denying Toronto is the more skilled of the two teams, however. We expect the Leafs to build off a strong third period in their Game 6 loss and to have a better effort in the face-off circle which will neutralize the Bruins lethal edge in puck possession.

A great atmosphere awaits, and likely a fast-paced game, the latter favouring the slight underdog Maple Leafs. 

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