Home to the back-to-back Stanley Cup champs, the most polarizing team in Canada and some of the league’s worst franchises, the Atlantic Division may be the most interesting collection of teams in hockey for the 2021-22 season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (+165) lead the group in 2021-22 NHL Atlantic Division odds, but there is no minus-money favorite this season. Following the Lightning in odds to win the Atlantic Division are the Toronto Maple Leafs (+250), Boston Bruins (+350) and Florida Panthers (+400).
Here is a look at what Bovada has on its complete 2021-22 NHL Atlantic Division futures board:
Who Will Win The 2021-22 Atlantic Division?
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+165|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+250|
|Detroit Red Wings||+10000|
Odds as of October 12 at Bovada
Tampa’s Division To Lose?
The Lightning have won the last two Stanley Cups and they still aren’t minus-money favorites to win their division in 2021-22, speaking to the depth of this division. They still, however, lead 2021-22 NHL Atlantic Division odds because of their elite goaltending, scoring depth and experienced defensive corps.
The Lightning are rightfully the favorites, despite placing third in the Central Division last year. Even after losing Yanni Gourde, they still sport one of the best forward groups in the league — with a healthy Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, Tampa should be up among the leaders in goals scored this season.
But where the Lightning stand a cut above is on goal prevention. With Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh and Mikhail Sergachev, the Tampa defense, alongside elite goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, can stop any opposition forward group from scoring. The Lightning may not be as good as they have been in recent years, but they’re still the most talented team in this division.
Top Atlantic Division Contenders and Value Picks:
Toronto Maple Leafs +250
Yes, the Maple Leafs are going to break your heart in the playoffs, but this Toronto team is still built for a regular-season run. With John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander still leading the offensive charge, the Leafs have the type of attack that can rival Tampa’s.
If the Leafs can get solid contributions from defenders like Justin Holl and Rasmus Sandin, as well as top-tier goaltending from the still unproven Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek, they could easily be at the top of the Atlantic at the end of the season. A few key things have to go right, but the Leafs are certainly built to succeed in the regular season.
Florida Panthers +400
This may be my favorite bet of any division future in the NHL this year. The Florida Panthers have quietly built themselves into a well-rounded, top-tier franchise with the talent and depth to compete in the Atlantic Division and for a Stanley Cup.
At +400, they are a great NHL Atlantic Division odds value pick with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau headlining the forward group, Aaron Ekblad and MacKenzie Weegar solidifying the blue line, and one of the best goaltending tandems in hockey.
The Panthers may not score with the other top teams in this division, but all of their lines have scoring potential and Selke-caliber two-way forwards to help out on defense. Sergei Bobrovsky and young Spencer Knight give the Panthers two options in net, either of whom could win a Vezina Trophy this year, further positioning them as great Atlantic Division odds value.
How To Bet On NHL Atlantic Division Odds:
Oddsmakers set and move lines during the NHL season for all divisions, awards and the Stanley Cup. You can bet on these odds using one of our top NHL sportsbooks, and use our Odds Calculator to figure out how much you’d win.
At Odds Shark, we use American odds, meaning the top-ranked team in Atlantic Division odds might be +400 odds to win. That means you would earn $400 for every $100 wagered if that team goes on to win the division. However, a long-shot team may be +10000 to win the division, meaning you win $10,000 for every $100 bet. It’s a better payout, but the line is set like that for a reason. If you’re betting on Atlantic Division odds, or any hockey bets, it’s important to weigh that big payout with the probability of the team actually winning.
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