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Penguins Still the Team to Beat

Hyped by on October 9, 2017

The NHL season is in full swing, and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be the team to beat again according to the latest NHL Betting Lines.

The Penguins (50-21-11 last season) are going for their third straight Stanley Cup, and if Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and goalie Matt Murray can stay healthy, it’s hard to argue against their chances.

Then again, the Edmonton Oilers (47-26-9 last year), Washington Capitals (55-19-8) and Anaheim Ducks (46-23-13) are as good as it gets in the NHL.

The Oilers Connor McDavid and Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals give their teams a fighting chance against the Penguins. Ovechkin, one of the best scorers in the league right now, already has seven goals in two games, so the Penguins better be ready. Plus it was fun to see an Aussie get some time on the ice. Nathan Walker became the first Australian-born NHL player this past weekend, scoring in his first game even.

Not to be outdone, the Ducks have John Gibson and Ryan Getzlaf to help give Anaheim a real shot this season. The Ducks’ main hurdle will be injuries early in the year. The Ducks are playing without defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vanaten, centers Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf, wingers Patrick Eaves and Nick Ritchie, and backup goaltender Ryan Miller.

Another team to be on the look out for will be the Nashville Predators, who despite losing Ryan Ellis, Mike Fisher and James Neal, have star center Ryan Johansen back. In his first two games this season Johansen already has two assists. Unfortunately the Predators have opened with a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh and a 4-3 loss to Boston.

The Predators need to be able to win in places like Pittsburgh or Boston if they want to become contenders this season.

Until that happens, Pittsburgh is still the team to beat.