The NHL will return on October 12 for Opening Night with the Seattle Kraken extending in as the association’s 32nd establishment in its 105th season.
We should take a gander at the NHL Atlantic Division in the first of four divisional chances reviews which sees the association getting back to its past arrangement after the pandemic influenced 2020-2021 mission which saw one of this current division’s top groups get back Lord Stanley’s desired Cup briefly straight season.
Chances to win Atlantic Division graciousness of confirm number free credit:
Tampa Bay Lightning +150
Toronto Maple Leafs +325
Boston Bruins +350
Florida Panthers +375
Montréal Canadiens +3300
Detroit Red Wings +8000
Ottawa Senators +10000
Bison Sabers +15000
Tampa Bay Lightning Preview
The guarding consecutive NHL Stanley Cup champions ought to be difficult to beat in the Atlantic Division this season with Coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning (+150 to win Atlantic Division, BetOnline) returning their first class players in general, in spite of the fact that compensation cap issues brought about the dissipation of the third line over the offseason.
With star Nikita Kucherov (11/1 to win Hart Trophy) out a large portion of the 2020 season with a hip physical issue, the Lightning (3.21 GPG-2.59 GA) completed in third spot in the Central Division and just finished with a +34 Goal Differential (181 GF-147 GA).
Yet, Tampa Bay was a noteworthy 21-7-0 at Home at Amalie Arena in midtown Tampa and floated through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, beating the Panthers (4-2), Hurricanes (4-1), Islanders (4-3) and afterward the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals (4-1) to catch its second consecutive Stanley Cup.
The Lightning (+625 to win Stanley Cup) lost their whole third line (Yanni Gourde—36 focuses, taken by the Seattle Krakken in Expansion Draft—Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow), David Savard and Tyler Johnson with an end goal to diminish finance for the compensation cap
Tampa Bay additionally headed out in different directions from reinforcement Goalie Curtis McElhinney yet marked Forwards Corey Perry and Pierre-Edouard Bellmare and added Goalie Brian Elliott, making Andrei Vasilevskiy (31-10-1) and Elliott an amazingly strong pair in net.
With the underestimated Brayden Point (16/1 to win Hart Trophy; group driving 23 objectives and 48 focuses) re-marked, Kucherov—who played in the Stanley Cup Finals with a broke rib—back and solid, the Lightning ought to have no issues scoring objectives once more.
Throw in solid commander Steven Stamkos (34 focuses last season) and Ondrej Palat (46 focuses), and Tampa Bay could really wind up having a superior NHL Regular Season in 2021-2022 than they did in 2020-2021.
What’s more, having two capable Defensemen like Victor Hedman (8/1 to win Norris Trophy; 45 focuses) and Ryan McDonagh and two having good Goalies—perhaps the most incredible in the NHL in Vasilevskiy (1.90 GAA in 2020 Postseason)— the Lightning will be an amazingly extreme adversary in the Regular and Postseason.
Also, playing in a more vulnerable division, Tampa Bay will unquestionably make the Playoffs, potentially win the Atlantic and perhaps make it a three-peat. The truth will surface eventually.
Toronto Maple Leafs Preview
The Maple Leafs (+325 to win Atlantic Division) won the brief, all-Canadian North Division last season with Toronto going a noteworthy 35-14-7 and experiencing just seven misfortunes both at Home (18-7-3) and on the Road (17-7-4) and enlisting a sound +39 Goal Differential (187 GF-148 GA).
In any case, that was in a Pandemic-influenced season where the Canadian groups were completely pushed together on account of line limitations
Toronto (12/1 to win Stanley Cup) lost Zach Hyman in the offseason just as Goalie Frederik Anderson who went to Carolina in a Free Agency trade with the Hurricanes for Petr Mrázek (128-91-36, 2.59 GAA, 91.1 SV%).
Furthermore, with Maple Leafs’ star Auston Matthews (11/1 to win Hart Trophy; 41 objectives) having wrist medical procedure and being out at least a month and a half, backing the Leafs to win the Atlantic Division simply doesn’t appear to be awesome.
Boston Bruins Preview
The maturing yet enormous Bruins (+350 to win Atlantic Division) re-marked Taylor Hall and return “The Perfection Line” of Brad Marchand (20/1 to win Hart Trophy; 69 focuses), Patrice Bergeron (40/1 to win Hart Trophy; 48 focuses) and David Pastrnak (16/1 to win Hart Trophy; 48 focuses).
Also, Boston plays strong guard (2.39 GAA, tied for fourth) and Charlie McAvoy (12/1 to win Norris Trophy) and the Bruins (33-16-7, +32 GD) were No. 2 on the Power Kill (86.0%) last season.
So winning the division surely isn’t not feasible for this establishment—which was one of the NHL’s Original Six alongside the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Red Wings and the Black Hawks.
Furthermore, adding Nick Foligno (Blue Jackets) should help Trent Frederic and the Bruins (14/1 to win Stanley Cup) and winning the Atlantic Division is certainly a chance.
In any case, David Krejci (44 focuses) left for his local Czech Republic and the B’s (14/1 to win Stanley Cup).
What’s more, 34-year-old Goalie Tuukka Rask (+450 to win Vezina Trophy) is recuperating from hip medical procedure and is as of now an unhindered free specialist and reinforcement Goalie Jaroslav Halák (Canucks) is additionally gone.
So Linus Ullmark (2.78 vocation GAA, 91.2 SV%) is the Bruins module starter and with the Lightning, Maple Leafs, Panthers and Canadiens all additionally in this Feast or Famine division, shopping or searching for Boston at 4/1 or better chances appears to merit a little shot however no Rask until further notice is a major issue.
Florida Panthers Preview
The Panthers (+375 to win Atlantic Division) had a strong 2020-21 season and added pleasantly to their list in the offseason, marking 42-year-old and future NHL Hall of Famer Joe Thornton (Maple Leafs) to a one-year, $750,000 contract just as Sam Reinhart (Sabers, 40 focuses)
Florida additionally re-marked Carter Verhaeghe (36 focuses), Anthony Duclair (32 focuses), Sam Bennett and Brandon Montour, so the Panthers (18/1 to win Stanley Cup) ought to have the option to score a few objectives once more (Central Division-high 189 objectives last season, +36 GD).