NHL Betting – Who Will Challenge for the Stanley Cup in 2013?

The online sportsbook experts are already starting to talk about the 2012-2013 season in the NHL and speculating on who could win it all. For the first time in a long time, the NHL has a Stanley Cup champion that has a legitimate shot at repeating. Just like the Pittsburgh Penguins of the mid-2000s, the Los Angeles Kings are no fluke. The Kings have all of the ingredients necessary to show the sports betting world that there is a powerhouse team in the west. Let’s take a look at the top contenders from each conference and see who has a chance at winning it all in 2013.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings look to be back and intact to start the 2012-2013 season. The scary thing about the Kings is that Jeff Carter was just starting to get used to playing with Mike Richards again when the team won the Cup last season. The legal online sports betting sites are interested to see how good this Kings team can really be when it has time to work together in training camp and during the season. With Jonathan Quick returning to defend his Conn Smythe Trophy, and with the hard-nosed defense that the Kings have, it is not out of the question that we could see the Kings hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup again in 2013.

St. Louis Blues

In 2010-2011, the St. Louis Blues finished 11th in the Western Conference and were never a threat to make the playoffs. The only real change the franchise made in 2011 was to bring in new head coach Ken Hitchcock. Apparently, that was the right move because the Blues finished second in the Western Conference in 2012 and were a threat in the playoffs. The lack of playoff experience in St. Louis coupled with goaltending issues prevented the Blues from getting to the Cup final. With an entire training camp and season ahead of them, the St. Louis Blues could be a legitimate threat in 2012-2013.

New York Rangers

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The best sports betting sites for USA Players continue to underscore the importance of the New York Rangers getting Rick Nash in a trade. The only real asset the Rangers gave up to get Nash was Artem Asimov and Asimov was not developing as the Rangers had hoped he would. The Rangers lacked scoring punch in the playoffs, and it also lacked power up front. Nash delivers both a scoring touch and a toughness on the forward line. Now that the rangers have Brad Richards and Rick Nash, it is definitely a Stanley Cup contender.

Pittsburgh Penguins

It is just inconceivable to have a team with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on it not being a Stanley Cup contender. If the Penguins can solve its goaltending problem, then this team has to be considered a top team in the Eastern Conference. If the Penguins try to rely on Marc-Andre Fleury again, then that definitely diminishes its chances.

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