If you are an old-school bettor, than the NHL’s Atlantic Division is the division for you. When you talk about a division rich in history and tradition, the Atlantic Division has it over all of the league’s other divisions. Those paragons of old-time hockey – Eddie Shore (Boston Bruins), Toe Blake (Montreal Canadiens) and Dit Clapper (Boston Bruins) – anointed to this status in the hockey cult film Slap Shot, all plied their trade with Atlantic Division clubs. The Toronto Maple Leafs garnered a national following in the 1930s thanks to Foster Hewitt’s radio broadcasts.
The Detroit Red Wings were the first American team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups and the only U.S.-based team able to compete with the Leafs and Canadiens during the Original Six era.
Don’t discount the younger teams in this bracket. The Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres keep proving that small markets can achieve big things, twice playing in the Stanley Cup final. The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning also have played in the Cup final series, the Lightning winning it all in 2004.
Best NHL Atlantic Division Sportsbook Odds
The NHL’s Atlantic Division may be the most wide open, and that is music to the ears of a bettor. Tight competitive games mean better odds and more chances to come out ahead.
The Atlantic Division has featured a different winner in each season since NHL realignment in 2013 and they are the only NHL division of which you can say each of its teams has played in a Stanley Cup final. And if you factor in the original version of the Ottawa Senators from 1917-34, five of the seven teams have lifted Lord Stanley’s mug aloft.
What Are The Atlantic Division Standings Today
If betting on NHL Atlantic Division games is something you intend to particpate in, then this is where your day should always start, with a persual of the up to date Atlantic Division standings.
Decipher who is on the move, whether that’s a climb up the standings, or a slide down the listings. With wildcard playoff positions up for grabs, don’t forget to analyze which teams are in the midst of that battle and watch for key crossover games with Metropolitan Division teams that will impact the playoff picture.