By the time the puck drops in Tampa Bay on Monday evening, the NHL trade deadline will have come and gone. Players will be able to exhale for a minute, but that’s about it.

The run to Stanley Cup will then be on.

All season long, it looked like a foregone conclusion that Tampa Bay would win the Atlantic Division, with Boston and Toronto destined for a tough first-round matchup. Not so fast.

The Maple Leafs have surged up the standings, winning nine of their last 10, and could put themselves within two points of first-place Tampa Bay with a win at Amalie Arena on Monday night.

Let’s dive in and explore key betting and DFS angles in advance of the Eastern Conference clash. Michael Leboff

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Toronto Maple Leafs (+151) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (-175)

7:30 p.m. ET

Chances Galore: If this game stays on script, we should have a see-saw battle with excitement at both ends of the ice. Toronto and Tampa Bay rank second and third in scoring chances per 60 minutes, respectively. — Michael Leboff


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