Two weeks into the 2019-20 NHL season, there are a number of surprises in the standings. But, as we saw last season, when the St. Louis Blues went from worst to first during the season, hockey can be an unpredictable game.
While that was as extreme as you can get, we could be in for more surprises this NHL season. With that in mind, here are five teams that have gotten off to hot starts who are destined to let you down, along with their odds to win the Stanley Cup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. Edmonton Oilers (+3000)
Sitting at first place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, with a 6-1-0 record and 12 points, the Oilers are out to the hottest start in the league. However, the only way they keep this up is if Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl can stay healthy throughout the season, something they've both has trouble doing. The team is also undefeated at home and have a plus-10 goal differential, but six of those 10 came in two games.
2. Buffalo Sabres (+6000)
The Buffalo Sabres are off to a fast start, sitting at 5-1-1, while scoring an impressive 27 goals through seven games. Sure, that's a positive start, but this team started the season 17-6-2 just a season ago and then closed out the year going 33-39-10. We'll find out how good this Sabres team is after their current three-game West Coast stretch, where they've already lost the first leg, 5-2, at Anaheim. They're likely to fall off at some point, it's just a question of when.
3. Anaheim Ducks (+8000)
And speaking of Anaheim, the Ducks are 5-2-0 to start the season, allowing 12 goals in the process. This is terrific, but it's important to note that they won three of those games with goaltenderJohn Gibson having a .970 save percentage. That's likely unsustainable, just like their chances of ultimately winning the Stanley Cup.
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (+2300)
Starting the season 5-2-0 has been a blessing with how the Pittsburgh Penguins have looked. Nick Bjugstad and Evgeni Malkin are out with injuries already, and the Pens are doing it with smoke and mirrors, allowing 18 goals through seven games. Sidney Crosby will have to play his best hockey to keep this team going, and it's a really long season.
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