How Atlantic teams are trending
August, 1, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesCan Zdeno Chara, left, and Patrice Bergeron carry the Bruins' momentum into the 2013-14 season?Continuing our look at how NHL teams are trending in the new divisions, we examine the Atlantic, which features a handful of playoff teams and a couple of clubs on the rise.
Atlantic DivisionAverage team point total last season: 52.3
2012-13 playoff teams: Five (Bruins, Red Wings, Canadiens, Senators, Maple Leafs)
Notable strength: The Atlantic is deep with teams that are above average at even strength. The 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio is a good indicator of the strength of a team, and the Atlantic featured six of the top 15 in the NHL, with Boston leading the division at 1.28. Buffalo and Florida were the only Atlantic teams outside the top half of the league.