The Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a strong start to the 2020-21 NHL season. Nearing the midway of the reduced 56 game season, the Maple Leafs had a 17-4-2 record, and leading the newly formed Scotia North Division with 36 points, 8 points ahead of the second place Edmonton Oilers. Although lately they have been inconsistent, the Maple Leafs are still in a three way tie with the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. All three teams have 42 points and the Leafs have a game in hand on the Jets and two games in hand on the Oilers.
With their fast start and still narrowly leading the Northern Division, many have been saying the Maple Leafs are a good bet for one of the early Stanley Cup favourites.
With 21 games still to be played, now would be a good time to bet with bet365 on who would win the Stanley Cup. Betting early on the winner of the Stanley Cup could be a preferable option for some, since there is a better chance at getting higher odds on the winner.
Marner and Matthews
The Maple Leafs’ dynamic duo of Marner and Matthews have had a great season so far, with Auston Matthews leading the NHL in goals scored, with 18 goals and 31 points in 20 games. The American star is on track to being the first American-born player to win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy and he could be the first American player since Patrick Kane to win the Art Ross Trophy.
Betting on Matthews to win either of the Art Ross or Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophies, would be a smart bet for someone who prefers to bet on individual achievements rather than team success.
While Auston Matthews’ nose for goals is second to none this season, some of his success can be attributed to his chemistry with Mitch Marner, with Marner actually scoring more points than Matthews, with 33 points scored compared to Matthews’ 31 points. The Ontario Native is therefore another good bet for a possible Art Ross trophy winner.
Jumbo Joe’s ride into the sunset?
Joe Thornton’s return to his home province Ontario, makes for a lot of excitement for the 41-year-old legendary winger’s effect on the Maple Leafs. While he may not have the ability to put up statistics like he did earlier in his career, Thornton could still prove to be a valuable asset for the Maple Leafs success. Having put up 10 points in 11 games played, Thornton proves that he can still be effective when he does play. During the 2018–19 NHL playoffs a then 40-year-old Thornton put up 10 points in 19 games proving that he could be a dark horse candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Maple Leafs win the cup, giving “Jumbo Joe” a ride into the sunset, capping off an impressive career.