Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Schedule: Game-by-Game Picks for 1st-Round Series

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Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Schedule: Game-by-Game Picks for 1st-Round Series
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will kick off their postseason campaign Wednesday in Boston

The wait is finally over. With the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff schedule having been released, Leafs across North America have been making plans for each of the Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff tilts.

Going up against the Boston Bruins, however, may pose some problems for the Leafs.

For starters, they're one of the few teams that match Toronto's gritty, rough-and-tumble style of defensive hockey.

Secondly, the Bruins are a dominant puck possession team, placing second in the league in shots on goal per game. Toronto on the other hand, gives up an average of 32.3 shots on goal per game, good for 27th in the league during the regular season.

Then there's the fact that the Leafs' primary offensive weapon, Phil Kessel, has yet to record a five-on-five goal against his former club.

Yet with the play of James Reimer, the team's much-improved penalty kill, and their depth up front with the likes of Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri, Toronto has more than just one line that can threaten the Bruins.

If the Leafs can play their "A" game night-in, night-out against Boston, they're more than capable of pulling off the upset (keep in mind, this Bruins team finished the 2013 season with an 11-11-3 record after starting 17-3-3).

Here are my game-by-game picks for the upcoming Leafs-Bruins playoff series.

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