When the Toronto Maple Leafs lost Game 7 on home ice to the Tampa Bay Lightning in May last year, fans could barely believe it was true. The players didn’t know what to say.
“We’re getting sick and tired of feeling like this,” said Leafs forward Mitch Marner.
“This one is going to sting for quite a bit.”
Because it’s becoming somewhat of a regular thing. Every spring, the Toronto Maple Leafs get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, and in fact, they hadn’t won a playoff series since 2004, when they won a Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators. Since 2017, the Leafs have lost four Game 7s of four possible.
The Maple Leafs simply have a really, really tough them making it through the first round, and they have a rare ability to not be able to close down series. And if you were to bet money on it over the years, you could’ve made a fortune.
One user on Reddit, by the username /homidical_penguin, actually sat down and did the math. In this hypothetical situation, you would start betting $100 against the Leafs in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins in 2013.
If you then re-bet the profits and bet against the Leafs in every potential series-clinching game, you would now have $345,928.21.
Yes, that’s correct. In total, there are a total of eleven games since, and if you simply put $100 against the Leafs and then took the profit and put a new bet, again against the Leafs, and so on, you would actually be rich. Here’s how the Reddit user did the math:
That number could also increase as the Maple Leafs play another potential series-clinching game on Saturday.