NHL 2021-2022 Midseason Report Cards: Atlantic Division

Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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As the middle of January transitions into the end of January, the NHL is at the midpoint of its 2021-2022 campaign.

With the holiday break and the Winter Classic in the books and the All-Star break and trade deadline lurking, this is the natural point in the NHL season where teams begin to determine how to proceed for the remainder of the year.

Some teams have Stanley Cup championship aspirations, while some just want to get into the playoffs, and others are simply seeking improvement over what they accomplished a season ago. Whatever the case may be, each team can be assessed based on expectations, and what better way to do that than with report card grades?

Where do things stand in the NHL’s Atlantic Division?

I’ll go division by division to gauge how teams have faired this season, and the next group on the list is the Atlantic Division. Let’s start with the standings as they appear entering action on Thursday, January 27:

  1. Florida Panthers (29-9-5, 63 points)
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning (28-10-5, 61 points)
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs (26-10-3, 55 points)
  4. Boston Bruins (24-13-3, 51 points)
  5. Detroit Red Wings (18-19-6, 42 points)
  6. Buffalo Sabres (13-22-7, 33 points)
  7. Ottawa Senators (13-20-3, 29 points)
  8. Montreal Canadiens (8-26-7, 23 points)