Puck Probability: Odds for Kings at Maple Leafs, December 14

Kozun Brandon LeafsJust over 20 years ago, the Kings and Maple Leafs waged the greatest playoff series in NHL history. It was also the final year of the Campbell Conference, what is now known as the Western Conference. Expansion was underway and the league would have a different look in the years ahead. On the ice, the game has changed by leaps and bounds, as well. If you go back and watch those games, there were plays that could have been penalties every few seconds. And the physicality was on a whole new level.

Today, not only is the game different, it’s better in many ways. For the Kings and Leafs, their upcoming afternoon tilt isn’t about nostalgia. It’s about earning two points and keeping alive in the current standings, as both teams are fighting for their playoff lives.

To help lay some odds on what might go down, we’ve brought in two special guests to share in the prognostications. It only seemed right because, as you’ve probably heard before, Toronto is the center of the hockey universe. Thus, we needed extra opinions on this one. Thanks to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period magazine and noted Toronto writer Steve Dangle Glynn of theLeafsNation.com we have you covered.. Below are a handful of things each of us think just might take place…

Odds by MayorsManor:

1:1 – If Brandon Kozun plays for Toronto, he will score a goal. It’s a lock.

2:1 – Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter each record a goal and an assist.

3:1 – The Leafs are sluggish after playing Saturday night, allowing the Kings to rack up 20 shots in the first period.

9:1 – The Kings will take four high sticking penalties in the game.

32:1 – Jonathan Quick has Jonathan Bernier will engage in a scuffle after the second period.

100:1 – Tanner Person has a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Odds by Dennis Bernstein:

1:1 – If Jonathan Bernier wins, he’ll say “nothing special, just another game.

1:2 – Leafs telecast will show footage of 1993 playoffs series

2:1 – Toronto players will give “stick salute” if they win

3:1 Leafs will get outshot.

5:1 – Phil Kessel will be caught smiling on camera.

200:1 – A Leafs player will be scratched due to mumps.

500:1 – A Leafs jersey will be thrown on ice by fan.

Odds by Steve Dangle Glynn:

Intro – As we all know, the Leafs are inexplicably awesome. They do this from time to time, and by time to time I mean Always. The process has been hot start, catastrophic collapse, whiskey, watch the Kings in the playoffs for at least a few years now. That’s something I would bet on, so I know a thing about odds. Here are mine…

100:1 – American broadcast crew try to put together an info-graphic comparing LA’s infamously awful traffic to Toronto’s infamously awful traffic, only to realize they screwed it up because Toronto is in Canada and therefore uses the metric system so their numbers are off.

28:1 – An official will pull Jarret Stoll to the side before the game and politely explain that James Reimer’s head is not a soccer ball.

19:1 – Someone’s will begin to discuss the rumour that the Kings were ready to give the Leafs Tyler Toffoli for Joffrey Lupul, only to abruptly stop after getting bottled by me.

4:1 – Jonathan Bernier will run into Tom Hanks and tell him he was one of his favourite athletes growing up.

1:1 – Brandon Kozun hat-trick.

See other recent odds articles here …or to read five things you may not know about the Kings-Maple Leafs, click here.

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