National Hockey League head coach gives interesting take on Bruins vs. Leafs playoff series

Poehling nets hat trick, SO winner in debut to lead Habs past Leafs

Poehling nets hat trick, SO winner in debut to lead Habs past Leafs

The Stanley Cup playoffs begin on Wednesday, as 16 teams begin a two-month grind for the most hard trophy to win in professional sports.

The NHL on Sunday announced the dates and start times of all playoff games, with the Bruins opening up their first-round series against the Maple Leafs on Thursday at TD Garden.

What you should care about is that, even though these are two of the strongest teams in the league, the odds suggest that Boston wins this series 58.8% of the time.

"I think Toronto has a heck of a team, I think there's going to be a tonne of pressure on them", said head coach No. 2. That's a Toronto team with a lot of pieces but ... "I don't want to say dysfunctional but they're not as organized as they need to be ... They can score, they can check very well, they're well-structured, I just think they play playoff-winning hockey". "Can they get Boston on their heels?" I wouldn't put too much stock into the head-to-head matchups, nor should you care that Boston won this series last season. The Bruins gave up 36 fewer goals than the Leafs during the regular season.

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The first four games are all scheduled for NBC Sports Network.

The Leafs, who finished third in the Atlantic, have lost playoff series against Boston in two of their last three post-season appearances, including a seven-game exit in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.

Now their is no news on if Hutchinson will suit up for Toronto, but this move comes days after the Leafs announced that Frederik Andersen would start the teams final two games of the season.

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