For the last three years, the Tampa Bay Lightning have proudly represented the Atlantic Division in the NHL playoffs. The Bolts took home the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years and nearly secured the three-peat last season before falling to the Colorado Avalanche in six games in the Stanley Cup Final. Yet, they aren’t favored to dominate in the Atlantic Division odds in 2022-23.
With a little under half of the season accounted for, the Boston Bruins (-400) are heavy favorites on the oddsboard to win the Atlantic Division, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs (+325) and Lightning (+1200). There’s a notable drop-off to the Lightning’s Sunshine State neighbors, the Florida Panthers (+10000), to round out our top four Atlantic Division contenders.
With the exception of Boston, all other teams in the Atlantic Division betting odds are currently at plus-money value. There’s no shame in being an early bird here – placing an early Atlantic Division pick will score you some profit. Don’t limit yourself to the Atlantic, either. Check out our NHL betting odds for every division:
Here is a look at what sportsbooks have on their complete 2022-23 NHL Atlantic Division futures board:
Who Will Win The 2022-23 Atlantic Division?
Top Atlantic Division Contenders and Value Picks:
Boston Bruins -400
Since Sportsbook at +850 and first being named our value pick, the Boston Bruins have not disappointed. Not only do they have a tight grip on the top spot in the Atlantic Division, but the Bruins also sport the best record in the league at 27-4-3. In the first two months of the year, Boston dropped just three games while winning 19, with 16 of those victories coming by two or more goals.
Before the puck was dropped to open the 2022-23 campaign, a string of lingering injuries were a concern with scoring leader Brad Marchand out after hip surgery and top defender Charlie McAvoy recovering from shoulder surgery. But both have returned without missing a beat, combining for over 40 points since they’ve been back. However, it’s been David Pastrnak, whose 24 goals and 47 points rank him in the league’s top 10, who has carried the team so far this season.
If not now, then when? The Bruins are kind of running out of time before they must enter a dreaded rebuild period to bring in a younger crew as the veterans age out. With 107 points a year ago, Boston finished fourth in the division. This could be the squad’s last chance for a real run at the Stanley Cup for a while. I took them at the start to win the Atlantic Division and I’m sticking with my intuition – it hasn’t steered me wrong so far.
Value Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs +325
The Leafs may not be a successful playoff team, still dealing with the fallout of first-round exits for six straight years. But, during the regular season, they are a threat. They secured the No. 2 spot in the Atlantic, seven points behind the Panthers, in the 2021-22 campaign.
Auston Matthews is sitting on a Hart Trophy from his recent 60-goal season, the most in the league. He has a teammate in Mitch Marner who was just shy of his first 100-point year. Then there’s 26-year-old William Nylander, whose offensive flair is through the roof and has shone with a variety of linemates. All three players have continued to sparkle through the Sportsbook months of the year. Nylander leads the team with 21 goals and Matthews and Marner have combined for more than 80 points, with Marner’s 23-game point streak the latest addition to his resume.
So, yeah, Toronto has some of the best scoring ability in the league. Offensive depth isn’t lacking either, with captain John Tavares (32 points), Michael Bunting (24 points) and Alexander Kerfoot (16 points) all making consistent contributions.
After Jack Campbell’s move to the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent, the rotating door of goalies was a concern. Matt Murray wasn’t at his healthiest before the season began, with the 30-year-old residing on the injury list a handful of times before leaving the Ottawa Senators. But Murray has gone 8-2-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage after an early injury and Ilya Samsonov has similar numbers (10-3-0, 2.20, .920) in his first year with the Leafs after three seasons in Washington.
Again, the Leafs are a strong contender to rule the Atlantic but I’m not convinced they’re stronger than the Bruins.
Who Has Won The Atlantic Division?
|Year||Sportsbook||Preseason Odds||When Did Their Season End?|
|2021-22||Florida Panthers||+450||Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Tampa Bay (4-0)|
|*2019-20||Boston Bruins||+300||Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Tampa Bay (4-1)|
|2018-19||Tampa Bay Lightning||+175||Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Columbus (4-0)|
|2017-18||Tampa Bay Lightning||+245||Lost Conference Finals to Washington (4-3)|
|2016-17||Montreal Canadiens||+225||Lost First Round in Playoffs to NY Rangers (4-2)|
|2015-16||Florida Panthers||+1450||Lost First Round in Playoffs to NY Islanders (4-2)|
|2014-15||Montreal Canadiens||+450||Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Tampa Bay (4-2)|
|2013-14||Boston Bruins||+225||Lost Second Round in Playoffs to Montreal (4-3)|
* The 2019-20 NHL season was shortened to 48 games due to COVID-19. Standings were based off points percentage.
Note the 2020-21 season is not listed as divisions were realigned due to COVID-19.
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NHL Atlantic Division FAQ
Who won the Atlantic Division in 2021-22
The Florida Panthers won the Atlantic Division in the 2021-22 season. They finished with a 58-18-6 record to earn 122 points.
How many divisions are in the NHL?
The NHL breaks up the Eastern and Western conferences into four different divisions: Atlantic, Pacific, Metropolitan and Central. Each division holds eight teams.
Which team has won the Atlantic Division the most?
Following the 2013 realignment, there are four teams that have each won the division twice: the Montreal Canadiens (2014-15, 2016-17), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2017-18, 2018-19), the Boston Bruins (2013-14, 2019-20) and the Florida Panthers (2015-16, 2021-22).