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We're a little over a quarter of the way into the NHL season and teams around the league are finally giving us a real sense of who is a contender and who's not. Naturally, moneyline bettors who have stayed near the top of the standings have raked in some serious cash so far.

They may not have the best record in the NHL, but the Buffalo Sabres have been the most profitable team to make a moneyline bet on so far this season, with the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators coming in a distant second.

While the Sabres have 14 wins, six losses and two overtime losses in 22 games played, their current seven-game winning streak has clearly shot them to the top of this money-making list for bettors.

In an incredibly top-heavy NHL, it makes sense that Stanley Cup contenders like the Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs have made bettors a good amount of cash so far. However, what's really surprising is to see that middling teams like the Vancouver Canucks at 10-14 and the two New York teams in the Islanders (10-10) and Rangers (12-10) have been strangely profitable this year despite their early-season struggles. It's likely because they've won a game or two as an underdog, which pay out nicely.

Let all of this be a lesson for those of you out there that bet on hockey games. That lesson is betting games moneyline could be a profitable endeavor this season.

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