The Boston Bruins’ first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs may be swinging back to Beantown for Game 7, but the team isn’t thanks to plane troubles Sunday night.
The Bruins planned on leaving Toronto following their Game 6 loss but mechanical issues forced the flight to be cancelled and stranded the team in Toronto overnight.
The Bruins instead had to fly back to Boston early Monday morning, according to the Boston Globe, and it will be the first game they play season when traveling the same day. The team is expected to cancel its morning skate and get some extra sleep before heading to the arena later in the afternoon.
"It would definitely have an impact (on the odds)," says Russ Candler of of online sportsbook UWin.com. "There are no lines out yet but I’d imagine it’ll impact the prices buy 5-10 cents."
"This will surely impact the lines," agreed Greg Sindall of SportsInteraction.com. "At this time of year, any disruption will have an impact. I estimate it will affect the odds by about 10 cents."
According to a statement from Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins learned of the plane malfunction during Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Toronto. The Maple Leafs were able to get away without a hitch following Game 6.
Boston opened as a -190 home favorite for Game 7 Monday night, with Toronto priced at +165. The total is set at 5 goals. The Bruins and Leafs have gone 3-2-1 over/under in the first six games of this series.