The NHL is close to returning for the 2021 season in what will be a sprint all the way to the finish in a shortened year. As we get closer to the start date of Wednesday, Jan 13, it should be a compelling regular season as each Canadian team is featured inside the same division. Leading up to Game 1, we will provide a betting preview for all seven Canadian teams in the NHL. Here, we will break down the odds of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2021 NHL season format
This season’s schedule is being impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that suspended the NHL season for months. The 2019-20 season shut down operations in March and returned, crowning a Stanley Cup champion in late September. With the return to play in January, each team is scheduled to play a 56-game schedule with the the divisions split up into four groups. Teams will play only divisional games, and it was necessary to put all Canadian teams into the same division because of the border restrictions due to the coronavirus.
The regular season is scheduled to end on May 8, and the playoffs will include 16 teams playing four rounds of best-of-seven series with the Stanley Cup expected to be awarded in July.
With all that said, here’s a betting preview for the upcoming Toronto Maple Leafs 2021 season.
Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Preview
There are plenty of futures betting options for gamblers to take a look at for the NHL season but here, we’re just going to take a look at the odds as it pertains to the Maple Leafs and their players. All odds are via popular United States sportsbooks.
The Maple Leafs should be a contender this season as one of the best teams in the NHL. Let’s see where they shake up in some of the major team futures betting markets as a team.
Championship winner: Toronto has the fourth best odds in the league to win it all at +1100 and is the favorite among the Canadian teams. The Colorado Avalanche are listed as the betting favorites at +700 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021.
Division winner: The Maple Leafs are the favorites to win the all-Canadian North Division with +115 odds, followed by the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens tied for second best odds at +450.
To make the playoffs: According to oddsmakers, Toronto is among the top of the NHL in the best odds to advance to the 16-team postseason with odds set at -835 to appear in the playoffs. For the Maple Leafs to not make the playoffs, the odds are set at +500 in that unlikely scenario. The Tampa Bay Lightning have the best shot at making the postseason at -1000 to make it.
Regular season points: The over/under on total points for the Maple Leafs this season is 74.5 with -112 odds on either side. This is tied for the fourth highest season point total along with the Boston Bruins. The Avalanche’s point total is the highest in the NHL at 79.5.
The Maples have a few star players on their roster this season who could find themselves on the right side some of the most prestigious awards in the NHL.
Hart Memorial Trophy: This is given to the player most valuable to his team, and Toronto’s Auston Matthews is among the favorites to win the award. He has the third best odds at +800 behind Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon.
Vezina Trophy: Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Anderson is tied for the fifth best odds to win the award given to the best goalie in the league. He has +1200 odds with Andrei Vasilevskiy as the +650 favorite.
Adams Award: Given to the best head coach in the NHL, Toronto’s Sheldon Keefe is tied for the sixth best odds at +1100. Jared Bednar has the best chance to be the winner according to oddsmakers at +800.
Game 1 Betting Odds
It’s never too early to check out the first game of the season, and the Maple Leafs will get started on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at home against the Canadiens. This game will get started at 7 p.m. ET.
Spread: Toronto is going into the season opener as 1.5-goal favorites with +190 odds, while Montreal has -230 odds to cover the spread.
Moneyline: Oddsmakers are listing the Maple Leafs as slight favorites to win this game outright with -135 moneyline odds with the Canadiens at +110.
Total: The over/under is set at 6.5 with the over getting the slight edge at -120 and the under at +100.