Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Betting

The Toronto Maple Leafs should be known as “next year’s team.” Each season the Leafs are hyped by a compliant Canadian media that knows its next meal depends on telling fans what they want to hear. Certainly, Toronto is an entertaining and skilled regular season type team. But the Stanley Cup Playoffs are where the rubber meets the road in the NHL. And last year was emblematic of a classic Maple Leaf choke job. Toronto led the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in their first round series. Local fans were “planning the parade route.” But Toronto fell like an autumn leaf and was eliminated in a 2-1 game seven home loss.

Toronto Maple Leafs at a Glance

2022-2023 Stanley Cup Odds: +850 (Aug, 2022)

Eastern Conference Odds: +455 (Aug, 2022)

Last year the Toronto Maple Leafs finished with a record of 54-21-7 to finish 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Toronto ranked 2nd for goal scoring, 1st for power play efficiency, 19th for goals against, and 8th for penalty killing.

General manager Kyle Dubas is a new wave type. Dubas believes 100% in analytics. But hockey is much more of a random game than baseball or even football and basketball. And in the playoffs, hockey is a game of grit and heart as much as skill. Dubas is yet to grasp this fact fully. He now faces a win or else season.

Head coach Sheldon Keefe was Dubas’ hand-picked successor to the old school Mike Babcock midway through the 2019-20 season. Dubas had an impressive regular season record of 116-50-19 but is 8-11 in the playoffs. Dubas is learning the frustration of Babcock. After his honeymoon season, he began lamenting how difficult it was to get his roster to play responsible defense.

The Leafs have turned the page in goal and will go with a combination of Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray. Murray, who arrived from the Ottawa Senators, is best known for his Stanley Cup day with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Samsonov started 44 games for the Washington Capitals last year with a .896 save percentage.

Auston Matthews lit the lamp 60 times last season to pace the Leafs' attack. His partner, Mitchell Marner, added 35 goals and 62 assists.

Toronto Maple Leafs Seasons

2021-22 54-21-7 Lost First Round
2020-21 35-14-7 Lost First Round
2019-20 36-25-9 Lost Qualifying Round
2018-19 62-16-4 Lost First Round
2017-18 54-23-5 Lost First Round
2016-17 42-30-10 Lost First Round
2015-16 46-31-5 Did Not Qualify
2014-15 50-24-8 Did Not Qualify
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Toronto Maple Leafs History

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cup championships, but none since 1967. They were founded in 1917 as an “Original Six” franchise. Famous stars like Johnny Bower, Ace Bailey, Red Kelly, King Clancy, Tim Horton, George Armstrong, Dave Keon, and Darryl Sittler have won the Maple Leaf sweater.

1967 was the final Original Six season before the Great Expansion in which the NHL doubled in six from six to 12 teams. The fact that the Leafs have not won a championship in the expansion era is a source of great embarrassment to a historical organization and a fan base that rubs many the wrong way as entitled and arrogant.

The Maple Leafs have used skill and offense to entertain and earn high seeds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the past several seasons. But the Maple Leafs showed their lack of toughness, grit, defense, and goaltending with annual playoff flops. Toronto fans always believe that this year will be different. And their money is plentiful enough to change the betting lines. But Wise Guys will use the adage about the definition of insanity, which is to expect a different result by doing the same thing repeatedly.

As the most valuable franchise in the NHL, the Maple Leafs are the most popular team in Canada and on the board.

Retired Maple Leaf numbers include goalies Turk Broda and Johnny Bower #1, defenseman Hap Day and center Red Kelly #4, defenseman Bill Barilko #5, right wing Ace Bailey #6, defensemen King Clancy and Tim Horton #7, right wing Charlie Conacher and center Ted Kennedy #9, center Syl Apps and right wing George Armstrong #10, center Mats Sundin #13, center Dave Keon #14, left wing Wendel Clark #17, defenseman Borje Salming #21, left wing Frank Mahovlich and center Darryl Sittler #27, and center Doug Gilmour #93.

NHL Teams

Eastern Conference - Atlantic

Eastern Conference - Metropolitan

Western Conference - Central

Western Conference - Pacific

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