The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrated their 5th Stanley Cup success in June 2017 and their second consecutive triumph in the end of season NHL showdown. As the new season gets underway in October, they will be aiming to defend their title once again and will be hoping they can fend off a number of improving rivals.

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The Stanley Cup had not been retained for 19 years prior to the Penguins achievements and over 650,000 fans lined the streets to help toast their success during June’s Championship

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Eight players have been re-assigned ahead of the forthcoming campaign including Ryan Haggerty, Sean Maguire and Dylan Zink but the Penguins still have 47 players on their roster for the gruelling season ahead.

The NHL have tightened up on slashing and face-off violations this season as they aim to reduce the number of injuries in the game and captain Sidney Crosby admitted he is a fan of the new regulations. Not all players will be quite as keen on the new restrictions imposed however.

The Nashville Predators will once again be tough opposition for any side in the league whilst the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers are continually improving and could have a real say in the destination of the Stanley Cup this time around. A 31st franchise join the league this season with the Vegas Golden Knights entering the fray although they may face a few teething problems when it comes to attracting large crowds and filling the T-Mobile Arena.

Many sports betting sites have NHL odds priced up with the likes of Sportsbet.io, which is recommended for it’s range of markets and prop bets. They are one of the few online bitcoin sports betting sites available online and have the Pittsburgh Penguins priced up as favourites to land a third successive Stanley Cup ahead of the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.

It’s going to be yet another ferociously competitive season for the Pittsburgh Penguins but with Kris Letang back to full fitness they will as potent as ever and are likely to reach the end of season play-offs once again with an unprecedented third successive Stanley Cup success a real possibility.

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