Hockey betting strategies can be quite simple. If you decide against the safety of a spread, then it is best to research the team beforehand. Given the Islanders’ constant losses against Pittsburgh in March, it would have been wise to bet against the Islanders during the March 30th game.
March has clearly been a good month for the Islanders, as they seem to be really pushing hard for a playoff spot. Enthusiasts who want to place wagers may find this team a good choice in sport betting. Currently, the Islanders sit on the 8th place tied with their metropolitan area rivals the Devils (both with 39 points) after beating the Winnipeg Jets. Only 11 more games remain for the Islanders in the regular season, which if they prove to be as successful as their games in March, could garner the Islanders a playoff position. With Frans Nielsen’s go-ahead goals and Kevin Poulin's 23 saves, the NY Islanders were able to secure a critical 5-2 win against the Jets on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013.
The team also secured a win against the Devils last April 1, with Nielsen scoring two goals. However, the Islanders seemed to get a little too comfortable with the early first period lead. The second period saw the Isles retreat and simply hold-on until the period was over. Unfortunately for the Islanders, the Devils adjusted towards their sleepy demeanor and managed to score a goal after minutes of constant pressure in the Islanders zone. The third period was an average effort, but nowhere near as chaotic as the second period. The Islanders were able to bury a third goal into the net with the first powerplay opportunity. Following their third goal, they simply held on and protected their lead until the end of the game. The Islanders got some other powerplay opportunities but were not able to maximize their advantage.
Keys to Playoff Success
Stronger Offensive Powerplay
Ultimately, while the crucial four-point game against the Devils was a win, it also revealed some improvements the team needs to make. The Islanders powerplay needs to be more effective and cannot act like it did against Pittsburgh. Given the Islanders current standing, every opportunity needs to be met with a confident and efficient offensive as it can mean the difference between a 9th and 8th position. Hopefully, their most recent win is a previews towards the rest of the month’s games.
What the Islanders need to focus on primarily is their defense. In two of the last seven games, they have been giving out leads, which is an issue that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible if they hope to enter the playoffs. It's a good thing that backup goalie Kevin Poulin played a fantastic game against Winnipeg while Evegeni Nabakov took his much-needed break. The team needs to push themselves desperately, especially on home ice. The team needs to focus on their mindset, as confidence seems to be a factor.
Another key element would be the young up-and comer Tavares. With his 4 goals and 7 assists this season, the Canadian born player believes the Islanders can make it to the playoffs this season. The player has a great way of predicting plays and is constantly changing his game, which makes him a lethal adversary.]]>
When it comes to the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins are currently hot favourites – with odds to win of just 3/1, although the likes of the Boston Bruins also have very decent odds (7/2). For those wanting a side with slightly longer odds, either the Washington Capitals (22/1) or the Toronto Maple Leafs (14/1) might be a good bet. The Western Conference has the closer odds, with the Chicago Blackhawks rated 9/4 favourites just now, with the Vancouver Canucks behind them at 11/2/ Unsurprisingly many of these teams are also amongst the favourites, with the Blackhawks just edging out the Penguins, with odds of 5/1 and 6/1 respectively – meaning many fans may opt to combine betting on the winners of a conference with the Stanley Cup winners.
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