As one of the Original Six franchises in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a lengthy and storied history. While the club is still looking to break a lengthy Stanley Cup drought that stretches back to 1967, the Leafs still boasts one of the most passionate fan bases in the world of professional sports.
The franchise traces its roots back to 1917. In the decades that have followed, there have been 13 Cup wins, and dozens of legendary players who have called Toronto home. The current squad is completely loaded with talents such as John Tavares, Mitch Marner, and Auston Matthews and looks poised to remain in contention for the foreseeable future.
While it may be hard to believe, interest in the Leafs could spike even further as we move forward. Legal single-game betting is very close to becoming a reality in Canada with Ontario the most likely launching point. Bettors have had to rely on the parlay offerings from Ontario Lottery and Gaming for years, but the landscape is set to change.
When it does, operators such as DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook could bring their top-notch mobile apps north of the border. In advance of that, we’re going to take a detailed look at what you need to know about betting on the Leafs. From where to find the latest game odds to the team’s chances to break through and snag Lord Stanley’s Cup, it’s all here. Read on.
Whenever the Leafs are set to hit the ice, sportsbooks will be ready with odds on how things might play out. The main NHL game listings display the numbers for moneyline, goal line, and totals bets. You can find all of the latest odds from the industry’s top books via our customizable live odds feed. Consider this your one-stop-shop for the latest NHL betting lines.
Is this the year that the Leafs finally breakthrough to capture the elusive Stanley Cup? Will the team snag a division crown or at least make it to the dance? You can wager on all of the above and much more in the NHL futures market. We pull together the latest real-time data from the top shops on these wagers as well, so you don’t have to look far and wide to line shop.
Toronto is stacked with talent. There are a few legitimate contenders to take down the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP, including Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews. What are the chances of that duo or someone else on the squad turning the trick? Our live odds feed provides some answers on that as well with the latest numbers on this season-long wager.
Before placing your NHL wagers on the next Leafs game, you’ll naturally want to get up to speed on the matchup and the overall state of the team. By taking the time to do a little due diligence, you’ll be placing yourself in a position to make the best possible decision.
Among the items that deserve your consideration are how the two teams stack up head-to-head, any injury notes, or other important news, as well as any trends you should be aware of. Here are some of the key items of note that you need to know.
Betting on the Leafs and the rest of the NHL slate isn’t solely relegated to pregame wagering. You can place your bets in real-time as the action plays out on the ice. Live betting is a featured offering from all of the industry’s top names. Once the games get underway, you’ll see a dedicated section to click for live betting markets. Opportunities you’ll find include:
Also known as in-game, this is a very fast-moving market in which the odds and offerings can change in the blink of an eye. Mobile apps from the top shops make for a great companion as you enjoy the game. While the Leafs are battling it out, you can see what’s up on the betting front right from your device and pick your spots with the most appealing opportunities.
Throughout the NHL regular season and through to the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs, you’ll have a plethora of NHL betting opportunities to consider. There will be odds listed out for each contest on the docket. The average game listing will have the odds for the big three-bet types.
|Ottawa Senators||+120||+1.5 (-130)||Over 5.5 (-110)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-140||-1.5 (+110)||Under 5.5 (-110)|
From left to right next to the team names are the odds and lines for the moneyline, goal line, and totals bets. Here’s how the wagers work.
Beyond the standard odds for goal line and totals, sportsbooks will also offer up alternative lines on contests. For example, you may see a goal line of 2.5 or a total of 4.5. The three main NHL wagers bring in tons of action, but they’re far from the only way to get in on the action.
You’ll find additional bets to consider by clicking through on the individual game listings. Props can be based on the game, teams, or players.
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Just like the pro-line games from OLG, you can place multiple picks on one slip. If you’re right on all, you win, but one bad choice means the ticket is a loser.
NHL moneyline parlay:
A long-term wager on a season-long outcome. Markets include player award winners, team regular-season point totals, and the winner of the next Stanley Cup.
Odds to win Stanley Cup:
In addition to all of the above, you’ll also be able to bet in real-time on the Leafs and the rest of the NHL whenever they step on the ice via the wonders of live betting. Add it all up, and you won’t be lacking for ways to get in the game at sportsbooks.
Anything can happen when two teams step on the ice. Favourites will win their fair share, but underdogs will also pull out plenty of upsets as the season moves along. While it can be challenging to predict the results of individual games, that’s also part of the fun of sports betting. There are also ways that you can place yourself in a position to make the best possible decisions.
One factor that can help with NHL betting is paying extra close attention to the actual matchup. Sure, you’re likely going through the key stats on both sides, but taking it to another level and understanding how the two teams stack up side-by-side can make a world of difference. Quite simply, playing styles matter in the NHL.
Some teams can play with anyone, and others can be run over by a high-scoring squad or stifled by a strong defensive team. When scanning through the matchups, work through the following exercise for the games you’re most interested in.
During the season, there may be times when you land on a couple of options for each slate, and others in which nothing passes the test. Your goal is to find the high-probability outcomes, and hopefully have that lead you to a high strike rate that you can rinse and repeat with. Once you have a game that fits the bill, handicap as normal and makes the best possible selection.
This doesn’t have to be the sole basis for your NHL betting strategy, but it can serve as a great compliment. No matter your approach to wagering, take the time to track your results and make note of any strategies you’re following for those bets. This will let you take a look back to analyze what’s working or not, and you can then make adjustments as needed.
For decades, those looking for the best sports betting odds had their eyes pointed in the same direction. Las Vegas rightfully earned its moniker as the sports betting capital of the world. If you wanted to know the numbers on an upcoming Leafs game, Sin City was the place to look. These days, there are comparable options to be found elsewhere.
Legal sportsbooks that are operating in other locales are releasing numbers that are right in line with what you’ll see out of Vegas. There will be some discrepancies due to betting volume, but on an overall basis, the odds stack up quite well. You can still see what Vegas has to say about a game as part of your research, but know that you’ll find similar Leafs betting odds closer to home.
The typical NHL regular-season schedule is set for 82 games per team. It’s a long march to the postseason, which in itself is a two-month journey to crown the winner of the Stanley Cup. To get everything clicking just right, schedule makers follow a specific format. Generally, the regular season runs from October through April. For the Leafs, it translates into:
Regardless of the opponent on tap for the Leafs, our live odds feed will be on standby for you to view the latest numbers from the top books across the industry. The NHL season is a long one, and it’s filled with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Being able to bet on each game individually and in the manner you prefer only enhances the appeal.
The history of the Maple Leafs goes back to 1917. Originally known as the Toronto Arenas for the first two seasons, the team was then renamed as the Toronto St. Patrick’s. The Maple Leafs moniker was adopted in 1927.
For the first 14 seasons, the club played home games at Mutual Street Arena before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The team remained there until 1999 when they moved into the brand-new Air Canada Centre, which has since been re-christened.
On the tube, you can find Maple Leafs games on either Sportsnet or TSN. For the former, it’s Chris Cuthbert calling the action with Craig Simpson handling colour commentary. On TSN, it’s Gord Miller on play-by-play and Ray Ferraro with the analysis.
Radio broadcasts can be found on Sportsnet 590 and TSN Radio 1050. Joe Bowen calls the action with Jim Ralph on board for commentary. The audio feed of the game is also picked up by various affiliates across Canada.
Toronto has assembled an impressive stockpile of talent. While some players have been acquired via free agency and trades, many of the key cogs have been landed in the NHL entry draft. For the most recent draft in 2020, here’s who the team selected in the first three rounds.
In the decade before that, the club has done a solid job on an overall basis when it comes to the draft. Here’s a look back at the team’s first-round picks over that span.
A ton of NHL talent has called Toronto home through the years. The franchise record books are littered with some of the all-time greatest names in the sport. Here are the Maple Leafs franchise leaders in several key categories.
|Game Played - Skater||George Armstrong- 1,188||1949-71|
|Goals||Mats Sundin - 420||1994-2008|
|Assists||Borie Salmina - 620||1973-89|
|Points||Mats Sundin - 987||1994-2008|
|Shots||Dave Keon - 3,586||1960-75|
|Power Play Goals||Mats Sundin - 124||1994-2008|
|Games Played - Goalie||Turk Broda - 629||1936-52|
|Wins||Turk Broda - 304||1936-52|
|Goals Against Average||Al Rollins - 2.04||1949-52|
|Save Percentage||Jacques Plante - .925||1970-73|
Sheldon Keefe has been behind the bench in Toronto since 2019 when he took over for the departing Mike Babcock. After several seasons of playing in the NHL, he set his sights on coaching. Keefe worked his way up the ranks in the minors, landing the top job with the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs AHL affiliate, in 2015. Here’s a look at the current staff behind Keefe.
Keefe has only been at the helm for a short period, but he has managed to guide the Leafs into the playoffs in both of his seasons in charge. Unfortunately, the club was bounced in the opening series each time. Before Keefe took the reins, here’s a look back at how the last five head coaches in Toronto fared.
Back in 1995, a new member of the Maple Leafs family debuted. Carlton the Bear, wearing number 60 and team colours, was introduced as the mascot. The popular polar bear character is quite a hit with fans at the arena and various promotional appearances.
While the team logo has gone through modifications through the years, the signature maple leaf insignia has been part of it all along the way. The primary team colours are blue and white. The Maple Leafs logo and uniforms are considered to be among the most iconic in the world of sports.
The original rights to the Toronto franchise that entered the NHL in 1917 were the Arena Company, owners of the place where the club played its home games, Arena Gardens. The owners of the St. Patricks Hockey Club gained control of the team in 1919 and promptly renamed the club to reflect its name.
In 1927, a group led by Conn Smythe acquired the team for $160,000 and the Maple Leafs name was born. Smythe would sell his shares in the parent company of the team, Maple Leaf Gardens Limited, in 1961 to a group that included his son for $2.3 million. In 1971, Harold Ballard acquired enough shares to become primary owner, valuing the team at $22 million.
Steve Stavro gained control of the team in 1990 for a total of $98.5 million. MLGL was renamed Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in 1998 with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan gaining control of the franchise a few years later in 2003. The OTPP sold controlling interest to Bell Canada Enterprises and Rogers Communication in a deal valued at $1.32 billion in 2011.
The current ownership structure is as follows:
If you head to NHL.com and click on the Toronto Maple Leafs link under teams, you’ll be brought to the main team page and find direct access to tickets. You can also get seats to the game from various retailers including Ticketmaster, SeatGeek, and Vivid Seats. The actual prices per game can vary on the resale market, but here’s a ballpark of what to expect by section.
The Leafs are a popular attraction, and prices reflect the demand for seats. When the team is cruising or playing in the postseason, you can expect to have to pony up even more, naturally depending on when you’re able to snag your tickets. According to SeatGeek, the average ticket price for the most recent season checked in at $168.
TSN and Sportsnet share double-duty as the broadcast home of Leafs games. The two networks are a staple of cable, satellite, and streaming packages across the nation. That said, always be sure to confirm availability before signing up for any new plans so you don’t miss any of the action.
Streaming options can also be found on the network’s websites and mobile apps, but valid login credentials will be required to access the feed. A subscription to NHL Live is another option, but note that local blackout rules apply. On the audio side, you can pick up coverage of Leafs contests on TuneIn Radio and other providers.
According to Forbes annual list of NHL franchise valuations, the Leafs are the second-most valuable franchise in the league with a current tag of $1.5 billion. The New York Rangers top the charts at $1.65 billion, while the Arizona Coyotes bring up the rear at $285 million. The Montreal Canadiens are the next Canadian team on the list at $1.34 billion, which is good enough for third place on the list.
You have to go back to the 2003-04 NHL season for the answer to this question. The Leafs took down the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the Conference Quarterfinals. The run came to an end in the Conference Semifinals with a six-game loss to Philadelphia Flyers. Toronto has qualified for the postseason six times since then, losing its opening series each time.
Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are the highest-ranked Leafs players in the video game. They both carry a ranking of 90, which leaves them one point ahead of teammate John Tavares at 89. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is the highest-rated player in the game at 95, followed by Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, both of whom check-in at 93.
As you would expect with an Original Six team that traces its roots back over 100 years, the answer is a lot. A total of 61 players who spent at least some time in Toronto are enshrined, as are another 13 members of the organization. Included on the lengthy list are franchise luminaries such as Mats Sundin, Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming, Doug Gilmour, and Turk Broda.
All told, 13 numbers have been taken out of circulation by the team in honor of 19 players. Some franchise legends shared the same number, such as 7 for King Clancy and Tim Horton, and 27 for Frank Mahovlich and Darryl Sittler. The club has also commissioned statues of 14 team icons to date.
While there has been a long drought since the last one, the Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup 13 times.
The club has not made it back to the finals since its last victory lap with the cup. The last time the team made it as far as the Conference Finals was back in 2001-02, a six-game loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
This happened recently. The 2017-18 edition of the Leafs racked up 105 points off of a regular-season record of 49-26-7. The team was bounced in the first round of the playoffs with a seven-game loss to the Boston Bruins. The next-best points total came for the 2003-04 squad which posted 103 points but went on to lose to the Philadelphia Flyers in a six-game Conference Semifinal series.
The honour has only been bestowed on 18 players in franchise history. Hap Day was the first team captain and held the mantle from 1927-37. Today, John Tavares has had the C on his jersey for the last two seasons. He’s the first player to officially be named team captain since the 2015-16 campaign. Before Tavares, the Leafs have had just five team captains over the previous three decades.
Franchise icon Mats Sundin is at the top of the all-time charts in several categories for the Maple Leafs, including this one. Here’s the franchise Top 5 on the game-winning goal list.
For the goalies, the legendary Turk Broda is atop the charts in several categories for the Leafs, including shutouts. Here’s the all-time Top 5 for the team in keeping zeroes on the opposing scoreboard.