Online 2022 NHL playoffs on 2 May 2022NHL picks, bets, lines: Latest odds for Leafs vs. Lightning, Bruins vs. Hurricanes, Blues vs Wild and Kings vs. Oilers Stanley Cup Playoffs start Monday and the endless overtimes and drama that comes with it
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It’s a team that Carolina dominated during the regular season, but the playoffs are a different beast, one that Boston is well-versed in. The Bruins have come on strong in the second half, as they always do, and that leaves the series hanging in the balance. This unsurprisingly projects to be the tightest matchup of the opening round.
The playoffs are an incredibly intense and emotional time for fans. It’s a time that lends itself to overreacting to one game, to one play, and making grand sweeping conclusions. The Chicken Littles will come out of the woodwork when anything ever so slightly goes wrong. Pay them no mind. Let them wallow in their misery and negativity. Look forward to the next game. Look for the positives. Look for the adjustments that are needed to be better. Each and every game.
No matter how you shake it, the Maple Leafs were a better team than the Lightning this season. Not only did Toronto finish five points and eight goals ahead of the Bolts in the standings, but the Buds also finished inside the top-5 in terms of goals per game, expected goals rate, high-danger scoring chance percentage, and power-play percentage. There are ups and downs for every team across an 82-game season, but the Leafs were one of the circuit’s most consistent clubs in 2021-22.