How To Bet On NHL Atlantic Division

The NHL’s Atlantic Division could also be called the league’s old-school division, since it houses four of the league’s Original Six franchises – the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Add in the second coming of the Ottawa Senators, who were an original NHL franchise in their first rendition from 1917-34, and the Buffalo Sabres, part of the league since 1970, and what you find are plenty of exciting and intense rivalries of both the traditional and geographical variety. [+]

The new kids on the block in this group – the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers – might not have the tradition of the other clubs, but they have a heated cross-state rivarly and even though they’ve only been on the scene since the early 1990s, both have played in the Stanley Cup final and Tampa Bay lifted Lord Stanley’s mug in 2004.

Best NHL Atlantic Division Betting Lines

When the Boston Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens, their place in the standings is irrelevant. The same holds true when the Canadiens tangle with the Toronto Maple Leafs. [+]

Or when the Leafs battle the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres or Ottawa Senators. It’s no different when the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning face off.

With so many heated rivalries compressed into one division, betting on these games is quite the task. It requires a sharp mind, attention to detail and plenty of intense study. Throw out much of the traditional wagering logic and watch for subtle items that can make a difference in the outcome of a game. Is one team going with a back-up goalie? Are they playing on back-to-back nights, or for the third time in four nights? 

Look for teams with strong power plays facing teams that are prone to undisciplined play. And always pay attention to the daily injury report. With so much passion and tradiiton in many of the these games, one key injury can make the difference and bring about a pay day for you.

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Monday 05 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 1 - 4 Nashville Predators -137 Odds
Thursday 08 June
FT Nashville Predators 0 - 6 Pittsburgh Penguins +215 +115 Odds
Sunday 11 June
FT Pittsburgh Penguins 2 - 0 Nashville Predators +170 +140 Odds

What Are The Atlantic Division Standings

These are the Atlantic Division standings. Check them religiously, because in today’s salary-cap driven NHL, parity is the order of the day and things change quickly. [+]

Watch closely to see which teams are more successful at home and which teams bring it when they are playing on the road. A good road team can bring you a solid wagering return. 

With goals at a premium around the league, defense is often the key to success, as our teams that are storng on the penalty kill, because winning the special teams battle is usually what wins the day in today’s NHL. Check which teams are strong and good rule of thumb is to add a team’s power play and penalty kill ranking numbers together. If it comes out to 10 or less, then you are looking at a club that’s going to win more often than not and that’s a good bet.

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# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
5 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
6 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
7 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
8 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
9 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
10 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
11 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
12 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
14 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
15 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237
16 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Western Conference
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
4 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
5 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
7 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
8 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
9 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
10 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
12 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
13 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
14 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 105 82 40 23 223 200
2 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 103 82 37 26 247 212
3 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 99 82 38 29 221 201
4 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 94 82 32 33 226 221
5 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 86 82 25 35 201 205
6 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 70 82 20 42 197 260
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 69 82 19 43 182 243
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 109 82 37 23 244 213
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 106 82 42 25 266 208
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 99 82 38 29 235 218
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 94 82 35 29 240 224
5 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 87 82 33 35 249 256
6 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 79 82 28 37 223 262
7 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 48 82 14 56 166 278
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 118 82 45 19 263 182
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 111 82 40 21 282 234
3 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 108 82 39 24 249 195
4 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 102 82 40 28 256 220
5 New York Islanders New York Islanders 94 82 33 29 241 242
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 88 82 25 33 219 236
7 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 87 82 28 31 215 236
8 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 70 82 18 40 183 244
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 103 82 33 26 226 200
2 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 98 82 34 28 212 214
3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 95 82 38 31 234 212
4 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 95 82 33 27 251 242
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 94 82 32 30 234 227
6 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 81 82 23 36 210 237
7 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 79 82 17 36 207 244
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 78 82 25 37 201 237

Atlantic Division Betting Tips

If you like old-school hockey and rivalries rich in tradition and success, then the Atlantic Division is the division for you. Every one of its teams have played in the Stanley Cup final, a fact the no other division in the NHL can lay claim to. Atlantic Division teams have won the Stanley Cup in every decade of NHL competiition. In fact, the Montreal Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup in 1916, two seasons before the NHL was formed.

In Stanley Cup final play, Detroit and Toronto have met seven times. Montreal and Toronto have faced each other five times, while Boston and Montreal have met on seven occasions. The Canadiens and Red Wings have battled with the Cup on the line five times, while the Red Wings and Bruins fought for the title twice.

The NHL’s first 50-goal scorer (Montreal’s Rocket Richard, 1944-45) and 100-point scorer (Phil Esposito, 1968-69) both played for Atlantic Division franchises.

As division rivals, they aren’t eligible to face each other for all the marbles any more, but the pasison and intensity built from those decades of tradition make for outstanding hockey and that leads to some opportunistic wagering for the smart bettor.

The Atlantic Division isn’t currently one of the best in the NHL, but each team is still competitive in their own way. The Maple Leafs are the most promising young team in the division and should be forerunners for seasons to come. They are chock-full of young talent and are a team that will surely develop as a unit. Maple Leafs’ fans have waited a long time for success but that anguishing wait will be over soon. 

The Habs rely too heavily on netminder Carey Price while the Bruins’ best players are coming to the twilight of their careers. Buffalo promises to challenge the Leafs in the next few years, while Ottawa have a competitive bunch of guys.

However, the Sens don’t have as much young promise as the Sabres or Leafs. The Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years and are in the embryonic stages of a rebuild, while the Lightning should be good for the next few years, if they can avoid the injury bug that is. 

Take into account team’s Corsi Effect and Adjusted Efficiency Margins befofe placing your wagers as these are valuable analtyics which will allow you to gain an edge on the sportsbooks.