For the 5th straight time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs failed to move out of the opening round of competition. The latest disappointment came in the form of a 3-1 loss to the rival Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of their Round 1 North Division playoff series - and of course, that came on the heels of blowing a 3-1 series advantage.
Of course, Toronto's latest playoff collapse was a rather sobering statistical reality that they have yet to win a playoff series since the invention of YouTube. The last time they enjoyed playoff success? The rocking Game 7 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the then-named Air Canada Centre in 2004 that saw Sens goaltender Patrick Lalime do his best Swiss cheese impression. It's been over half a century since the Leafs last tasted glory, but don't expect them to be carrying around that burden like a giant piano.
So what are the odds that 2022 will finally be Toronto's year? If you're a betting person, you may like the odds. According to FanDuel, the Leafs currently hold the fourth highest odds to be the last team standing at +1200. Ahead of them are the Colorado Avalanche, two-time reigning champion Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Vegas Golden Knights.
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+600|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+700|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+1200|