When it comes to NHL action, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a favorite for PA hockey fans. The team entered it’s 52nd season of the NHL this year and has been making appearances on the ice since 1967. The team started pre-season action on September 18, when they fell short with a loss to Buffalo, 3-2. They also dropped the second pre-season game on the 19th with a score of 3-2 to Detroit. In the 6 pre-season games played, the Penguins managed just two wins, but that was not a harbinger for the season to come.
The team turned up the heat when the official season began and is now seated in second place in the Eastern Conference with 6 wins and 4 losses. Despite the rough start in the pre-season, Penguins fans are hopeful and believe the team has a good shot at making the playoffs this year.
Trades and New Signings
During the 2018-2019 season, the Penguins have conducted a few trades that have added strength to the team and have offered better draft selections. Two trades took place on June 23, where the Penguins traded Justus Annunen and Danila Zhuravlyov for Filip Hallander. They also traded Jordan Kooy to the Golden Knights in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2019 draft. The other trade that was conducted was done so on June 27 and involved sending Connor Sheary and Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th round pick in 2019.
There were some great additions to the team this year and the Penguins signed a number of new and talented members to the team. In total, 13 players were signed to the team, with the longest contract being a 4 year deal with Bryan Rust, costing the team $14 million. Some other names that have been added with new signings include Kevin Czuczman, Daniel Sprong, Teddy Blueger, Ethan Prow, and Tristan Jarry.
2018 Season Prediction
The penguins are on the quest to win the Stanley Cup again this year and with the roster in place, they have a pretty good chance at doing so. The team has won three Stanley Cups in four years, but they haven’t been the winner since 2009. This year’s team is considered to be one of the best in the Eastern Conference, so they will have a strong run at being the best in the NHL.
With added speed, newfound depth on players, super skills and athleticism and a strong coaching staff, the Pittsburgh Penguins are definitely a favorite for the Stanley Cup this year and with a strong start to the season, they are on the right track. There are no noted weaknesses on the offensive or defensive line, so fans will surely enjoy some great hockey excitement when the Penguins take the ice to compete to become league champs.
Betting on the Penguins Online
PA sports fans take their sports very seriously and a number of residents enjoy engaging in online betting action. Betting on sports is not illegal in the state, in fact, a number of casinos within PA will be adding legal sportsbooks to their venues in the coming months. However, these are not yet available, but bettors can bet on the Penguins online at other reliable and legal sports betting sites.
When it comes to betting on Penguins games, one will have a variety of betting options that can include money lines, NHL parlay bets, the Grand Salami bet, proposition wagers, regulation time betting, and so much more. Some of the best US base betting sites will offer exciting promotions for free bets and will also present bettors with the best odds, so there are many ways to generate payouts while supporting the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2018-19 season.