Toronto Maple Leafs 2014-2015 Season Betting Preview

The 2014-2015 NHL season is about to begin and Canadian hockey fans can check out a season betting preview for the Toronto Maple Leafs that features the bets available for how the Leafs will perform in 2014-2015 as a team, such as; “Will the Leafs Make the Playoffs?”, along with prop bets for individual Maple Leafs players like Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri.

All of the betting odds on this page are courtesy of the Bodog online betting site who offer Canadian hockey fans a 100% deposit bonus up to $100.

Toronto Maple Leafs Season Props

Last season, the Leafs finished the campaign with a 38-36-8 record and a total of 84 points, which was good for 6th place in the Atlantic Division and not enough to reach the playoffs. Although Toronto was looking on pace to make the playoffs and soar over 88.5 points on the season — but the team went 2-12 in their last 14 games.

In 2014-2015, the oddsmakers are favouring Toronto to miss the playoffs, and you can bet on the Leafs to reach the post-season at close to even odds.

  • Will Leafs Make the Playoffs? Yes (-105) No (-125)
  • Leafs Season Total Points Over/Under 88.5
  • Leafs Odds to win Atlantic Division (+800)
  • Leafs Odds to win Eastern Conference (+2000)
  • Leafs Odds to Win Stanley Cup (+4000)

Phil Kessel:

Phil Kessel is crucial to the success of the Maple Leafs because he and linemate James van Riemsdyk accounted for 30% of the offense last season. Kessel has not missed a regular season game since the 2009-10 season but that streak may be in jeopardy after he was forced to leave practice with a nagging injury that is being called a “lower body issue”. The oddsmakers at Bodog have Kessel projected to score 80.5 points on the season and see him as a legitimate contender to win the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy for the most goals in the NHL regular season.

  • Phil Kessel season points is set at 80.5 over/under
  • Phil Kessel is +1500 to Win Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy
  • Phil Kessel is +3500 to Win Art Ross Trophy

James van Riemsdyk:

James van Riemsdyk had no problem scoring goals in the preseason, including the memorable roof job from in close against Flyers goalie Steve Mason. JVD plays alongside Phil Kessel on the #1 line and is also on the top power play unit. So, he figures to be heavily involved in the Leafs scoring this season.

  • James van Riemsdyk season points is set at 59.5 over/under

Nazem Kadri:

Nazem Kadri played well in pre-season and the 2014-2015 season is where many feel Kadri will take his game to the next level. The oddsmakers have Kadri’s total points on the season set at 54.5, which is only 5 less than top-liner James van Riemsdyk.

  • Nazem Kadri season points is set at 54.5 over/under

Final Analysis:

The Leafs made a big change when they opted for no enforcers in2014-2015 as an attempt to get more production out of the 4th line. Last season, the Leafs relied mainly on the top 3 lines to do the bulk of the work, which was fine at the beginning of the season where players like Phil Kessel were putting up record numbers. But, the increased workload eventually took it’s toll on the Leafs top lines, which some feel contributed to the late season collapse. With the 4th line putting in quality ice time, look for the top players on the Leafs to benefit and produce consistently throughout the 2014-2015 season.