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Futures Value in NHL’s Atlantic Division

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As the Washington Capitals run away with the Metropolitan Division crown and the Los Angeles Kings distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the Pacific Division, good betting value can be hard to find when it comes to betting NHL division futures at this stage of the season.

Thankfully for us hockey bettors, the Atlantic Division exists.

True, the Central Division is still up for grabs, and with the Blackhawks closing the gap with the Dallas Stars, things are getting interesting there, but there are about six teams that can still make a push at the crown in the Atlantic.

Ahead of the action on Friday, January 15, the surprising Florida Panthers sit four points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings with 57 points. The Panthers used a 12-game winning streak to springboard themselves into the driver’s seat in the division race. But perhaps Wednesday’s 6-0 drubbing from the Calgary Flames is the game that brings one of the league’s best stories down to earth.

According to division futures at online shop TopBet, the Panthers are the favorites at +140, but some viable candidates are lurking in the shadows.

Take the Montreal Canadiens for instance. The Habs began the season as the best team in the league with many talking heads bringing up the idea of the Stanley Cup returning to Canada. Yes, they miss Carey Price and were desperately poor when Brendan Gallagher went down to injury, but this is a team that is not as bad as many are making them out to be and certainly have hit rock bottom already this season.

And we haven’t even discussed P.K. Subban, who has just two goals to his name, so he's poised for a breakout in the goalscoring column at some point this season.

Furthermore, let’s not forget that the Habs won the division by two points over the Tampa Bay Lightning last season while the Panthers finished in sixth with 91 points.

So what happens when you hit rock bottom? Well, there’s nowhere to go but up and with the Habs in that position at the midway point of the season, they could be one example of about five or six in the Atlantic Division poised to make a run at the division title.

Or, you just back the Panthers and enjoy the already exhilarating ride to the finish line.

If you're looking to get in on some action on NHL Division Futures, check out our list below and get in while the value is still hot.

Odds to win Atlantic Division

Odds as of January 15 at TopBet

  • Florida Panthers +140
  • Montreal Canadiens +300
  • Detroit Red Wings +400
  • Boston Bruins +500
  • Tampa Bay Lightning +600
  • Ottawa Senators +1500
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +10000
  • Buffalo Sabres +25000
Odds to win Metropolitan Division

Odds as of January 15 at TopBet

  • Washington Capitals -2500
  • New York Rangers +1000
  • New York Islanders +1000
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +2800
  • New Jersey Devils +4000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +4000
  • Carolina Hurricanes +4000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +100000
Odds to win Central Division

Odds as of January 15 at TopBet

  • Chicago Blackhawks EVEN
  • Dallas Stars +110
  • St. Louis Blues +600
  • Minnesota Wild +1200
  • Colorado Avalanche +4000
  • Nashville Predators +5000
  • Winnipeg Jets +10000
Odds to win Pacific Division

Odds as of January 15 at TopBet

  • Los Angeles Kings -1000
  • Anaheim Ducks +900
  • Arizona Coyotes +1200
  • San Jose Sharks +1500
  • Calgary Flames +2000
  • Vancouver Canucks +2500
  • Edmonton Oilers +6000