I’m not a bettor. So when I hear the odds for who will win a Stanley Cup series, the most I get out of what I hear is who is the favourite and who isn’t.

So, the Toronto Maple Leafs will once again meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first-round series. It’s a different series this season than last. The Maple Leafs have cleaned up a few holes in their roster. In addition, they have a ton more experience on the back end. As well, the Maple Leafs’ depth forwards are stronger this season than ever in my memory.

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So Who Will Win?

In the following video, Jake Hahn of SiriusXM NHL joins Gill Alexander and Kelley Bydlon to take a look at the upcoming series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Maple Leafs seeking to break their Stanley Cup drought since 1967. The Lightning are trying to bounce back after falling short last year in the Stanley Cup Final.

The conversation below discusses the key players and goaltending. It also then makes predictions for who will come out on top.

What Do the Pundits Say?

Based on the information provided in the video preview, the conversation suggests that the series between the Maple Leafs and the Lightning will be closely contested. Both teams have a lot of talent and are hungry for success.

The preview discusses key players on both sides. That includes Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner for the Maple Leafs and Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point for the Lightning. However, the conversation focused on the goaltending battle as a key factor. Here, the panel notes that Andrei Vasilevskiy provides a strong advantage for the Lightning.

Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs

Because of the goalie impact favouring the Lightning, the previewer believes that the edge should go to the Lightning. Two reasons: their experience and their strong goaltending. In other words, the consensus of this group suggests the series will be very close but the Maple Leafs will lose.

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The Analysts See One-Goal Games

Overall, these hockey analysts believe that the Maple Leafs vs. Lightning series will be close. There will be one with thin margins and one-goal games. They also think the Lightning have an advantage in goaltending with Vasilevsky. Still, they acknowledge that the Maple Leafs have improved since last year. They have the potential to finally break their playoff curse.

One analyst noted that Toronto beat Tampa Bay in a recent game even with their B-squad players. Still, the analyst leans towards the Lightning in the series. The odds provided show that the Maple Leafs are favored to win the series at minus 145, while the Lightning are the underdogs at plus 125.

What Do the Odds Mean?

The video then went into what the odds are that the Maple Leafs might beat the Lighting. In fact, the betting odds counter the analyst’s assessment of the series. Specifically, the odds provided show that the Maple Leafs are favored to win the series at minus 145. In contrast, the Lightning are the underdogs at plus 125.

So, What Do These Odds Mean?

Let me offer a bit of insight as best I can about what the odds mean.

In sports betting, odds are used to determine the payout for a winning bet. When a team is listed as the favorite, the odds are represented with a minus sign (-), while the underdog is represented with a plus sign (+).

In this case, the Maple Leafs are favored to win the series with odds of minus 145. This means that a bettor would need to bet $145 on the Maple Leafs to win $100 in profit if they win the series. So if the Maple Leafs do win the series, the bettor would receive their initial $145 bet plus an additional $100 in profit.

Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs

On the other hand, the Lightning are listed as the underdogs with odds of plus 125. This means that a bettor would win $125 in profit if they bet $100 on the Lightning and they end up winning the series. So if the Lightning do win the series, the bettor would receive their initial $100 bet plus an additional $125 in profit.

Just a note that odds can change leading up to the event based on factors such as team performance and public betting behavior.


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