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Let’s start with where the Toronto Maple Leafs currently rank among Canadian NHL teams. In comparison to last season, the Maple Leafs are now slight favorites at NorthStar Bets with a moneyline of -116. However, Toronto’s home performance has not been impressive this season, boasting a 10-11 straight-up record.
Moving on to betting trends for the 2023-24 regular season, Winnipeg Jets have been performing better at 5-on-5, specifically on defense, and Toronto’s home-ice advantage may be overstated. Although Toronto has been scoring more goals recently, the Jets have a strong defense, having allowed more than three goals only once in their last 36 games.
Regarding the Stanley Cup, despite being considered the third-best team according to sportsbook odds, Toronto ranks as the fourth-best team in the country according to power ratings, following visits to Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. The upcoming home-and-home series against the Jets will provide a better understanding of the team’s potential.
As for the NHL All-Star weekend, the regular season will be on hold for four days, resulting in only six games scheduled beforehand. Following this break, teams will return to action after anywhere between eight and 10 days off, setting the stage for some unexpected outcomes. The All-Star Game will feature a player draft event on February 1st, with the game being played on Saturday. Savvy hockey bettors have found ways to exploit betting markets for the All-Star Game in the past, and they will continue to do so. Stay tuned for odds postings on the event.