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The Tampa Bay Lightning look to even their first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, in Toronto. Tone's Takes breaks down the game.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Best Bet: Will the Bolts Bounce Back in Game 2?

Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Start Time and Where to Watch

Date: Wednesday, May 4

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN2

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction

The Leafs dominated the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions in Game 1, by a score of 5-0. Sniper Auston Matthews continued to show why he is the best goalscorer in the game as he notched 2 goals and added an assist. Jack Campbell made 24 saves for the shutout. Special teams were the difference in the game and the Leafs killed off a five-minute major in the first period as Kyle Clifford got tossed for a late hit. Andrei Vasilevskiy was shaky as he allowed five goals on 26 shots. This was the worst playoff loss Tampa Bay has suffered in four years.

Bet $10, Get $200 with BetMGM on Maple Leafs vs Lightning The Bolts have done a tremendous job of responding to playoff losses during their recent Cup Runs. That stat has been led by Andrei Vasilevskiy. Over the last two seasons, Vasy is 14-0 after a playoff loss with a .966 save percentage with five shutouts. He has notched shutouts over the last three playoff losses. The Bolts' offense has scored 48 goals over those 14 games, a 3.42 per game average, outscoring opponents by a 48-17 margin. While many are counting Tampa out after their Game 1 loss, I am not ready to do that yet. This is a veteran team, with a proven playoff pedigree and a fantastic coach in Jon Cooper. These teams rotated wins and losses in their season series and I see the same here. Take Tampa Bay to respond in what should be a long, back-and-forth playoff series. 

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Best Bet

Tampa Bay +116 (Bet $100 to win $116)

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.


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