An Original Six team with a rich history, the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most popular sports franchises in North America. Most of the team’s success came during the Original Six days, when the Leafs moulded into a dynasty in the late 40s under head coach Hap Day and in the mid-60s with Punch Imlach behind the bench. In total, the Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cups, with its last one coming in 1967 — the oldest team in NHL history to win the championship. Only the Montreal Canadiens have more all-time Cups.
What followed glorious Stanley Cup-filled seasons were dark and gloomy years under owner Harold Ballard, when the Leafs traded away stars Lanny McDonald and later Daryl Sittler. What was once recognized as an elite NHL powerhouse, the Leafs were considers the laughing stock of the league by the mid-80s as the team repeatedly missed the playoffs.
The tables were turned by the early 90’s when the Leafs made an franchise-altering deal to bring in eventual captain Doug Gilmour. The Leafs would go on to make four Conference Championship appearances (1992-93, 1993-94, 1999-2000 and 2001-2002) but could never reach the final. However, the Leafs could not adjust to the new salary-cap era and have missed the post-season 10 of the last 11 seasons.
There was optimism surrounding the Leafs by 2010, when general manager pulled off a blockbuster deal with the Calgary Flames to bring in defenceman Dion Phaneuf. Burke also dealt two first-round picks to the Boston Bruins for sniper Phil Kessel. Both players were polarizing figures in a Toronto market — also known as the mecca of the hockey universe.
Mats Sundin, the Leafs captain from 1997 to 2008, is the club’s all-time leader in points with 987 and goals with 420.
Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Lines Today
Be sure to keep track of who the Toronto Maple Leafs face next. Even against a powerhouse team, the unexperienced, yet feisty Leafs tend to keep games close.
Wager wisely if the Leafs are on a West Coast trip or on back-to-back nights, but bet on Babcock’s team to upset some of the big NHL clubs along the way.
Toronto Maple Leafs Scores & Schedule
The Leafs have had better luck on home ice over the past couple of seasons. That should be the case once again for the 2016-17 season.
The Leafs open the regular season on the road against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 12, before returning to the ACC for the home opener on Oct. 15 against the Boston Bruins.
Toronto Maple Leafs Standings Right Now
It’s going to be another trying season for the Maple Leafs, who are at least 2-3 years away from competing for a championship.
That being said, expect the Leafs to once again be near the bottom of the Atlantic Division during the 2016-17 campaign. Keep an eye on the standings to see where they Leafs are positioned before making your bet.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||108||82||39||24||249||195|
|9||New York Rangers||102||82||40||28||256||220|
|10||St. Louis Blues||99||82||38||29||235||218|
|11||San Jose Sharks||99||82||38||29||221||201|
|14||Toronto Maple Leafs||95||82||33||27||251||242|
|17||New York Islanders||94||82||33||29||241||242|
|18||Tampa Bay Lightning||94||82||32||30||234||227|
|22||Los Angeles Kings||86||82||25||35||201||205|
|25||Detroit Red Wings||79||82||17||36||207||244|
|27||New Jersey Devils||70||82||18||40||183||244|
How To Win At Toronto Maple Leafs Betting
The last 12 years have been dreadful for the Maple Leafs. Following the departure of Sundin, the team has not been the same.
After years of proving fans with false hope, the Leafs are finally heading in the right direction with a proper rebuild under the guidance of president Brendan Shanahan and savvy general manager Lou Lamoriello.
The Leafs are coming off their most disappointing season, where they finished dead last in the league with a 29-42-11 record. It helped them land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, where they’re sure to select American rising star Auston Matthews.
With the Leafs still rebuilding, you can expect them to be among the bottomfeeders in the league next season as well.
However, with key additions, including putting Matthews in the fold, Toronto should put up better numbers — especially in the goals department. The Leafs had the fourth-worst goals for with 198 tallies in 82 games.
Only the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Panthers were worse. Toronto also had a difficult time keeping the puck out of its own net as the team allowed a fourth-worst 246 goals against.
Under head coach Mike Babcock, the Leafs will remain competitive but will lose many one-goal decisions much like during the 2015-16 season. Don’t bank on Toronto being blown out on too many nights.
The addition of goalie Frederick Andersen will also assure the Leafs will keep up with the league’s top clubs.
The Leafs struggled on the road, but maintained a decent record at the Air Canada Centre, where they posted a 14-18-9 record. Nothing to write home about, but certainly an impressive mark considering the last half of the season the team was made up of mostly NHL players and young prospects.
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