Usually, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are the talk of the hockey world, it’s for all the wrong reasons. There was the team’s seven successive non-playoff season between 2005-06 through 2011-12. And then, when the Leafs finally did qualify for the postseason, they completely collapsed and blew a 3-1 third-period lead in Game 7 of their 2013 opening-round series against the Boston Bruins and lost 4-3 in overtime.
In the summer of 2018, all of that disappointment took a 180-degree turn. Leafs fans saw their frowns turned upside down, as the club snatched up the most prominent unrestricted free agent on the market when center John Tavares opted to sign to play for his hometown team.
Leafs fans view Tavares as the final piece of the puzzle to solve the club’s Stanley Cup jinx. The Leafs haven’t played in the Stanley Cup since the spring of 1967, the last season of the six-team NHL. Toronto beat the Montreal Canadiens in a six-game final to win the most recent championship in franchise history.
But Toronto sees a return to glory not far off in the horizon. Tavares has joined 2015-16 Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Nazem Kadri and veteran Patrick Marleau to give the Leafs one of the league’s most dangerous attacks. On the defense, Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin, a Stanley Cup winner with the Los Angeles Kings, anchor the group. Frederik Andersen is an underrated goalie. On top of that, the Leafs lured Stanley Cup-winning coach Mike Babcock away from the Detroit Red Wings in 2015.
All the pieces are falling into place, and if placing a wager on the Leafs is something you have in mind, SugarHouse can make that happen. This sportsbook offers standard puck line, over/under, and moneyline bets, as well as unique In-play wagers, such as the success of a particular player or the outcome of current plays. They also offer teaser bets and cash out early options. There are alternate game lines and alternate odds, along with numerous parlay, prop and future wager options.