NHL Predictions & Picks

The Toronto Maple Leafs Curse Will Continue in Game 7

Iain MacMillan
The Maple Leafs will look to avoid a 10th straight loss in series-clinching games.
The Maple Leafs will look to avoid a 10th straight loss in series-clinching games. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here we go again.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been snake-bitten in the NHL Playoffs for the past two decades, and now they face yet another Game 7 on Saturday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in a winner-take-all elimination game.

Lightning vs. Leafs Game 7 Odds

Here are the odds for Game 7, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.


  • Lightning +105
  • Maple Leafs -125

Puck line:

  • Lightning +1.5 (-250)
  • Maple Leafs -1.5 (+200)


  • 6.5 (Over -110/Under -110)

The Lightning Will Defeat the Maple Leafs in Game 7

Everything is working against the Maple Leafs in Game 7, and the curse will continue this season. If they lose, it'll be their seventh-straight first round exit in the playoffs. It's also be the fifth-straight Game 7 loss (2020 was Game 5 against the Blue Jackets, but it was a best-of-five due to COVID).

Entering the game, the Leafs are 0-9 in potential series clinching games dating back to 2013.

In those nine series clinching games, they have a -18 goal differential, and their penalty kill is a measly 58.8%. Now, they have to try to fight their demons against the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions.

Not only that, but Lightning goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy has been absolutely LIGHTS OUT in recent series clinching games. He has FIVE STRAIGHT shutouts in series clinching games.

The Maple Leafs are done, my friends. Game 6 was their chance. Better luck next season.

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