NHL Season Preview: Who will be the Top Teams in the NHL in 2012-2013?

by Dirty on June 5, 2012

Betting on NHL Prop Bets



This was a Stanley Cup playoffs that the online sportsbooks will not soon forget. The lowest seed to ever win a Stanley Cup raised the trophy this year and the Los Angeles Kings finally got the national recognition it has deserved for some time. This year saw a lot of surprises that have many of the fans wondering who will be the top teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup in the 2012-2013 season.


Let’s take a look at who the betting sites think will be the teams to beat when the NHL drops the puck on the 2012-2013 season. It may surprise you to see who is not included in this list rather than who is actually there.


Los Angeles Kings


The Kings are not a flash in the pan that was put together at the trade deadline. Los Angeles picked up its most important pieces over the course of this season and those pieces helped to complete a very good hockey team. As long as the management in Los Angeles can keep the Kings together and make sure that this core of excellent players is on the roster, the Kings will remain a team to beat in the Western Conference for many years to come.


St. Louis Blues


When the season started, the sports betting online experts did not expect much from the St. Louis Blues. The team had missed the playoffs the year before and was starting out with a new head coach. But that head coach just happened to be Ken Hitchcock and the Blues wound up being the surprise of the Western Conference. The team has a very strong defense and very capable goaltenders. Hitchcock will spend the off-season repairing the things that went wrong for the Blues in the playoffs and turn St. Louis into a Stanley Cup contender.


Buffalo Sabres


For almost 75 percent of the 2011-2012 season, it looked like the Buffalo Sabres looked like they would continue to be the disappointment they had been for years. But, as the season came to an end, the best sports betting sites started to see signs from the Sabres that it was developing a roster that could be much more than just competitive. The Sabres are getting bigger and younger, which has been the way that other teams have moved towards becoming Stanley Cup champions. If goaltender Ryan Miller can start off 2012-2013 in his elite form, then the Sabres will be a force to be reckoned with.


Washington Capitals


The Washington Capitals drifted aimlessly through the 2011-2012 season with what seemed to be no enthusiasm at all. New head coach Dale Hunter did not seem to have any answers until rookie goaltender Braden Holtby stepped into the nets. The Capitals still have a very talented offensive team. With Holtby in goal, Washington can be reinvigorated to start winning again.


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