Betting on the NY Islanders

The 2013/14 season of the NHL is about six weeks old now, although if you like NHL betting it will have started sometime during the late summer – when the outright bets on the various divisions, conferences and the Stanley Cup started being placed with bookmakers. The NY Islanders have been in middling form in the Metropolitan Division schedule, with seven wins and nine defeats so far, leaving them five points behind division leaders the Pittsburgh Penguins. This does not sound particularly promising from a gambling perspective, so is there any point in an Islanders bet this season?

While the odds of 16/1 on them for the division are not unappealing, realistically the Penguins are fairly overwhelming favorites to win it – as their odds of 5/13 show. Equally bets on them for the Eastern Conference, at 20/1 are an attractive price, but you need to weigh up whether they actually have a real chance before gambling. With the likes of the Penguins and the Bruins ahead of them in the reckoning, it would be a very high-risk outsider bet to place. The best options are probably either to bet on individual Islanders games, where they have shown an ability to win, or opt for an NHL themed slot game rather than betting on them at all.

These games, which can be played on a computer, or put on your phone via sites like, certainly have plenty to offer for fans of NHL. In particular, Break Away, a five reel ice hockey slot machine, will really appeal. The biggest attraction here is the graphics, as they are detailed enough to capture in wince-inducing detail, all the action of a typical blood and thunder NHL encounter. However, like all slot games, you have a better shot at a payout with Break Away than you would with virtually any other kind of gambling – thanks to the wild reel icon (the logo one) and no less than 243 pay lines.

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