NHL Predictions: Atlantic Division Betting Overview

Doug Upstone

Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:06 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 2:06 PM UTC

Keeping up on everything for sports betting is challenging and we want to help. Starting with hockey, we will begin providing timely information within each division on regular basis.

We will begin in the Atlantic and cover the betting news from that division.

Tampa Bay Lightning Are Off To White Hot Start

When Tampa Bay went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015, most assumed this young, fast team would be a regular competing for The Cup over the next five years. However since the Lightning have been off kilter. They went back to East Finals the following year thanks to big late-season push, but have not been a factor otherwise.

There have been logical reasons for this like injuries, yet this season something has clicked and Tampa Bay has won nine of 11. The Lightning as of Oct.27th were second in the league in scoring and second in fewest goals allowed. For those making NHL picks, jump on this horse and ride it till it stops winning.


Toronto Scoring and Winning Yet Concerns Exist

For the most part, the Maple Leafs have picked up right where they left off a season. Toronto pushed Washington in first-round series last spring, losing in six games (5 went to OT) only because of their lack of playoff experience.

Led by the sensational Auston Matthews, Toronto leads the league in scoring. The knock on the Leafs in the early going is defense, which has them at 25th. The goaltending has not been good and it's been made worse by defensemen mistakes and forwards not getting back fast enough to help the defensive teammates.

If Toronto's NHL odds look suspiciously low in individual games, realize the oddsmakers are telling us the Maple Leafs defense might have trouble.


Montreal Playing Embarrassingly Bad

It was presumed Buffalo, Detroit, and Florida might struggle in the Atlantic this season, but Montreal at 2-9 SU! Not only have the Canadiens been losing, they have been getting clobbered.

The Habs easily have the worst goal differential in the Eastern Conference and that is bored out in being 31st in scoring, 30th is goals given up and 29th in power play goals.

Montreal had an advantage a few seasons ago with their speed, now everyone has faster players and because of mediocre drafting and poor returns on questionable trades, fans of the Canadiens are stunned by how poorly this team is playing and they are on Play Against list until further notice.


One Final Betting Note

In case you have not noticed, scoring is way up this season. No better indicator than what sportsbooks are posting for totals. For the week of Oct. 20th to Oct. 26th, there were a dozen totals of 6 and the Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh game was 6.5!

This has blown up conventional wisdom in wagering on totals, so do your homework first before betting.

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