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.

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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NHL
# team pts P W L GF GA
Regular Eastern Conference
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 79 57 32 16 204 154
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 78 55 31 12 185 133
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 73 58 24 19 192 162
4 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 71 56 23 17 176 165
5 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 68 58 23 22 182 174
6 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 66 57 21 19 169 167
7 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 64 56 20 20 168 174
8 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 63 57 22 21 158 169
9 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 62 56 18 23 151 156
10 New York Islanders New York Islanders 60 58 18 25 194 214
11 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 59 57 19 25 166 175
12 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 55 55 17 23 149 166
13 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 54 53 20 23 154 172
14 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 51 55 17 26 144 172
15 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 47 55 13 27 147 194
16 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 44 57 14 30 137 188
Regular Western Conference
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 78 56 28 15 192 154
2 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 77 55 26 12 173 143
3 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 75 57 29 15 183 154
4 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 72 59 27 21 170 151
5 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 70 57 26 20 175 151
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 68 57 23 19 166 158
7 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 67 56 25 20 168 158
8 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 66 57 20 20 161 164
9 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 65 56 22 21 162 140
10 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 65 58 22 20 161 166
11 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 64 55 24 21 174 163
12 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 56 57 19 25 160 166
13 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 50 55 16 28 157 184
14 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 50 56 19 28 147 180
15 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 40 57 7 32 137 195
Regular Western Conference Pacific
1 Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights 78 56 28 15 192 154
2 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 68 57 23 19 166 158
3 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 66 57 20 20 161 164
4 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 65 56 22 21 162 140
5 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 65 58 22 20 161 166
6 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 50 55 16 28 157 184
7 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 50 56 19 28 147 180
8 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 40 57 7 32 137 195
Regular Western Conference Central
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 77 55 26 12 173 143
2 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 75 57 29 15 183 154
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 72 59 27 21 170 151
4 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 70 57 26 20 175 151
5 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 67 56 25 20 168 158
6 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 64 55 24 21 174 163
7 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 56 57 19 25 160 166
Regular Eastern Conference Metropolitan
1 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 71 56 23 17 176 165
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 68 58 23 22 182 174
3 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 66 57 21 19 169 167
4 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 64 56 20 20 168 174
5 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 63 57 22 21 158 169
6 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 62 56 18 23 151 156
7 New York Islanders New York Islanders 60 58 18 25 194 214
8 New York  Rangers New York Rangers 59 57 19 25 166 175
Regular Eastern Conference Atlantic
1 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 79 57 32 16 204 154
2 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 78 55 31 12 185 133
3 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 73 58 24 19 192 162
4 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 55 55 17 23 149 166
5 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 54 53 20 23 154 172
6 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 51 55 17 26 144 172
7 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 47 55 13 27 147 194
8 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 44 57 14 30 137 188

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.