As the puck prepares to drop for the 2015-16 NHL season, the Atlantic Division teams have something to live up to, since one of them, the Tampa Bay Lightning, made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season. The Lightning have to be considered by NHL betting fans one of the favorites to win the Atlantic, but you can bet they are not going to have it all their way. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from each of the teams in the division:
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— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) October 5, 2015
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
It was a season of disappointment for the Leafs last year, as they missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Front office changes were made, including the hiring of Mike Babcock as head coach. There were not a lot of changes made on the ice, though, as the shipping out of Phil Kessel was the only major personnel change. Nothing has been done to address the goals and assists gap left with the departure of Kessel, so expect to see more rebuilding moves throughout the season, and the potential for a last place finish.