Pens, Rangers Clash In Battle Of Stanley Cup Favorites

As the 2013 NHL season is set to begin, the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the two teams that sit at the top of the NHL odds to win the Stanley Cup. They won’t waste any time measuring themselves against each other as they’ll meet on the second day of the season this Sunday.

The odds makers at Bovada have listed the Rangers as the preseason Stanley Cup favorite at 15/2. It’s hard to argue against them when one considers that the Rangers finished with more points than any other team in the East last season and ventured all the way to the conference final. They’ve only strengthened their roster since with the addition of All-Star scorer Rick Nash.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are not far behind on the odds as they are posted at 17/2. They finished a single point behind the Rangers in the regular season standings last year but played mostly without superstar Sidney Crosby. Now that he’s healthy, they’ll try to overtake the Broadway bullies.

We’ll see who takes round one on Sunday but make sure you weigh in before game-time.

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