5 – Montreal Canadiens
Talk about the surprise team in the Atlantic as November hits its early stages, but the Montreal Canadiens are 5-3-2 with 12 points. While this likely won’t last into the New Year, it has become a rather fun team to watch early on, and the adrenaline rush has a chance to continue all year.
4 – Detroit Red Wings
This one will come as a shocker since the Detroit Red Wings are second in the Atlantic and have the second-highest number of wins. But they have also played one more game than everyone else, and they also hit a speed bump lately, scoring just six times in the past four games, while allowing 13 goals.
3 – Florida Panthers
The banged-up Florida Panthers are currently fifth, but they have also played in just nine games and are two points away from being tied for second with the Red Wings. So far, they have handled their situation quite well, setting the stage for what could be an epic 2024.