by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
As it turns out, the best way to bet on the Toronto Maple Leafs this season would have involved taking the OVER on an individual’s performance and the UNDER on how the team fared.
After having competitive playoff series in 2017 and 2018 and signing goal scorer extraordinaire John Tavares to join their nucleus of young talent, the Maple Leafs were high up on the 2019 Stanley Cup champion futures board at +1200 (bet $100 to win $1200) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. They were also the +160 favourite to win the Atlantic Division, just a smidge ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning at +165.
The oddsmakers also set an OVER/UNDER for regular-season points of 106.5, which might have seemed attainable given that Toronto had 105 points in 2017/18 and was collectively a year older and supposedly wiser.
The Maple Leafs had no problem qualifying for the playoffs – they were -800 to make it and +500 to miss – but hit a sort of plateau. A defence corps depleted by late-season injuries to Travis Dermott and Jake Gardiner was a factor in Toronto cruising home with a 46-28-8 record for an even 100 points, causing the UNDER to hit. The Lightning also ran away with the Atlantic …
Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation