NHL Predictions 2013: Who Are the Top Stanley Cup Contenders?

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NHL Predictions 2013: Who Are the Top Stanley Cup Contenders?
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The 2013 NHL season is slated to start on January 19, and although in a shortened season every team will have a greater chance to make the playoffs, there is a list of seven teams highlighted by the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, the St.Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins who are the top Stanley Cup contenders.

Out of the 30 NHL teams, 16 will make the playoffs, four will make it to the Conference Finals and two will compete for the Stanley Cup.

A number of betting outlets have already released odds for the upcoming season, but what teams stand the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup?

Will it be Sidney Crosby's Penguins, Henrik Lundqvist's Rangers or will Jonathan Quick put the Kings on his back once more in order to win another Stanley Cup?

Here are the seven top contenders in order of likelihood of winning the Stanley Cup.

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