Vegas not sold on Leafs

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:57 PM ET


 Their fans may be going Cup Crazy after an opening-round win, but the Maple Leafs have yet to convince Las Vegas bookies.

 The Leafs have been established as decided underdogs in their Eastern Conference semi-final against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 The Imperial Palace, one of the more hockey friendly sports books on the Vegas strip, has set the Flyers as -180 favourites to win the series.

 That means to win $10 on the Flyers, you must wager $18. The Leafs are listed as +160, which means a $10 wager returns a profit of $16.

 "Even though Scott Stevens was hurt with the Devils, the Flyers looked very impressive in the first round," said Rich Dressler, the sports book manager at the Imperial Palace, who set the line yesterday.

 ONE NIGHT OFF

 Dressler also figures the Leafs will be weary from a gruelling, seven-game series against the Ottawa Senators with only one night off before Round 2 begins tonight.

 The Flyers, meanwhile, have been off since Saturday when they dispatched New Jersey in five games.

 "Toronto has to be worn out from that series," said Dressler, who has made the Flyers the -175 favourites for Game 1 in Philly.

 Interestingly, when it comes to odds to win the Stanley Cup, the Flyers and Leafs are each listed at 5-1. The Imperial Palace has made the Detroit Red Wings the 12-5 favourites to win it all, followed by the Colorado Avalanche at 7-2.

 The upstart Calgary Flames are the longest shot among the remaining eight teams at 12-1 while the Montreal Canadiens are 10-1.


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