Hockey betting handicappers will now look first at the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins as the team to beat against the hockey betting odds. The young Penguins emerged last year from a team that was out of a playoff spot heading into the hockey betting stretch run into a champion that defeated the ultimate traditional power against the hockey betting odds in the Detroit Red Wings.
With their hockey betting success of last year and their young and loaded roster that includes two of the game’s greatest players in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh will be a heavy hockey betting favorite most nights that they take the ice.
The big hockey betting question in the east is who is primed to challenge Pittsburgh for the title? A good place to start would be with the Boston Bruins who were the top seed in the eastern conference last year.
Boston was upset in the second round of the playoffs last year against the Carolina Hurricanes but is a well balanced hockey betting commodity that should again contend for the top seed. The Washington Capitals are a hockey betting threat any time they take the ice as they have the game’s top scorer in Alexander Ovechkin.
Washington extended Pittsburgh to the full 7 games last year in the hockey betting playoffs and should again dominate the southeast division. The New Jersey Devils are a win machine that simply cranks out the cash every year with the same system regardless of their roster.
The Devils actually beat out the Penguins for the Atlantic division title last year and with their traditionally strong defense they should again contend for supremacy in the east.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadians should be considered dark horses with potential. Both teams made the playoffs last year and have enough to win on any night and to upset any team in the playoffs.