2016-17 NHL Predictions: Preview and Picks for Atlantic Division

October 11th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
The Florida Panthers finished atop the Atlantic Division in 2015-16. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced furthest in the 2016 playoffs, falling in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final. In 2016-17, both clubs will try to fend off the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Entering this season, the Lightning and Panthers could once again compete for the top spot in the division. After missing the playoffs last season, the Canadiens and Senators will look for bounce-back performances. Transitioning toward younger rosters, the Bruins and Red Wings will try to remain in postseason contention.

The Sabres and Maple Leafs are still in the midst of rebuilding their rosters. It'll take significant improvement from their promising young players to push them out of the bottom of the division.

In this slideshow, we'll preview the NHL's Atlantic Division for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign. The top teams, best rivalry and top goaltender are among the notable categories. Feel free to express your views on this topic in the comments section below. < ...

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