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NHL North Division Odds: Leafs Are Running Away With Things

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been set as comfortable favorites in NHL North Division Odds.

The first-ever all-Canadian NHL division has given hockey fans north of the border plenty to talk about this season, and with the campaign winding down, one team sits atop the oddsboard as the undisputed favorite to win the North Division.

According to the latest odds from BetOnline Sportsbook, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the odds-on -1000 favorites to win the North, with the Winnipeg Jets (+650), Edmonton Oilers (+900) and Montreal Canadiens (+1600) the only other teams remaining on the board.

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NHL North Division Odds

Odds to Win the 2021 NHL North Division
TeamCurrent Odds
Toronto Maple Leafs-1000
Winnipeg Jets+650
Edmonton Oilers+900
Montreal Canadiens+1600

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline Sportsbook

Maple Leafs are All-In

Fans of the Maple Leafs are all too familiar with the team’s recent history of having excellent regular seasons followed by early playoff exits, so diehard Buds fans will be hoping the new playoff format allows the team to buck its trend of losing in the first round.

This year’s version of the Leafs undoubtedly represents the deepest team Toronto has had in the Auston Matthews/Mitchell Marner era. At 28-10-3, the Leafs are sitting comfortably on top of the North standings with 59 points. 

Toronto was riding a six-game winning streak as of this writing and is 9-0-1 in its last 10 games. General manager Kyle Dubas put all of his chips on the table the night before the trade deadline, dealing for ex-Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno and acquiring goaltender David Rittich from the Calgary Flames.

The difference for the Leafs this time around could come between the pipes. Jack Campbell has emerged as the team’s undisputed No. 1 goaltender in the absence of the injured Frederik Andersen; Campbell is a perfect 11-0-0 on the year with a sparkling 1.88 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

Can the Jets Make a Run for the North?

Considering the NHL shifted to a condensed 56-game season for the 2021 season, the race to be crowned kings of the North Division will be over soon.

The Jets currently rank second in the North at 25-13-3 with 53 points. Winnipeg is riding a hot streak of its own, with the Jets going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games as of April 12. 

The ever-steady Connor Hellebuyck has been rock-solid in net for the Jets, and Winnipeg has gotten plenty of offensive contributions throughout the lineup. Mark Scheifele leads the team with 47 points, followed by Nikolaj Ehlers (41) and Kyle Connor (39).

The early-season trade of Patrik Laine to Columbus for Pierre-Luc Dubois has made the Jets a much stronger team down the middle, and the move has clearly paid dividends. They have some work to do in order to catch the Leafs, but if Toronto stumbles and the Jets keep winning, they could easily overtake the Leafs for the North banner.

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