Sports Gambling is now legal in New York. Congrats New Yorkers! You did it. So with that in mind, I wanted to look at ten interesting lines involving the New York Islanders.
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New York Islanders betting lines
Stanley Cup Odds
The first line just about everyone looks at, outside of single-game money lines, are the odds to win the Stanley Cup. And well, you can probably imagine that the Islanders odds to win the Stanley Cup are not great. The Isles sit with a +10,000 to win the Cup. Ouch.
Now that sounds really bad, but surprisingly there are 12 teams with lower odds than the Isles. And some of them have better records than the Isles. Teams like the New Jersey Devils who hold seven points on the Isles in the standings but whose odds sit at +30,000.
That Isles still have a ton of games to play and can still pull this off if they simply get to the postseason. But at +10,000 it's clear the belief they can do it from oddsmakers is low.
Ok, how about a step lower? What about just winning the Eastern Conference? Obviously, the odds are better (there are fewer teams to contend with), but those odds still aren't good.
At +4,000 the Isles have the ninth-best odds of winning the East. And it's a big drop between the eighth-best odds (New York Rangers ) at +1,200 and the Islanders.
Hart Trophy Winner
I don't think it's any surprise that Connor McDavid is the favorite to win the Hart Trophy. With 53 points in 33 games, he's on pace for a 132 point season. Think about this for a second, 130+ points in a single year hasn't been done since Wayne Gretzky did it in 1993-94. That's why McDavid is the favorite.
So, with that being said, you know there isn't an Islander that's going to win it. BUT, are there Islanders that have a line? Have the oddsmakers thought, at any point, that an Islander had a chance? Yeah, two; Semyon Varlamov and Mathew Barzal.
Varlamov is at +5,000 while Barzal is at +7,500. You might be thinking "Varlamov"? Remember, Varly put up Vezina like numbers last year with a 2.04GAA and 0.929SV%. Clearly they thought Varly could power a Cup contender into the post-season with another strong year.
Last thing from me. Going back to the Hart Trophy. Again, McDavid is the favorite to win. But I'd put money down on Ovechkin taking it. Consider that Ovechkin is scoring at a 56 goal pace. Yeah, 56. And at a 117 point pace.
Now, that might not be a career year when it comes to scoring goals for The Great 8. But in overall points it sure is. And he's doing it in his age 36 season. Remarkable. If he keeps this up he might just win the darn thing.