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2010-11 New York Islanders NHL Predictions and Odds

There are two ways to look at the New York Islanders current situation. There is the positive of an 18-point increase from the 2008-09 season to last year, but a third straight Atlantic Division last-place finish also lets you know just how far the Islanders have to go.

Under GM Garth Snow the Islanders have been moving in the right direction over the course of the past few years. Even with the positive steps that have been taken the Islanders still have a long road to travel and tangible postseason results are still off in the distance.

The first overall pick in the 2009 draft, John Tavares, is the unquestioned future of this team. He scored 24 goals last season including 11 power-play goals, best on the team. He finished with 54 points and another major step forward in his career should be expected this season. Matt Moulson scored a quiet 30 goals last season to lead the team and winger Kyle Okposo is another young talent with a lot of potential.

The offense was not exactly great last season (21st in the NHL), but it was far from the Islanders biggest problem. Allowing 3.15 goals per game last season, New York finished a dismal 28th in defense in the league.

The goalie situation is also an area of concern. Rick DiPietro is as fragile as they come in the NHL. The Islanders still want him as the goalie of the future, but until he proves he can last an entire season, or at least half a season, New York will lean on 40-year old veteran Dwayne Roloson. He played in 50 games last season, considerably more than the Islanders wanted to. However, they had no choice.

Scott Gordon is in the final year of his three-year contract and he may not see the next calendar year if this Islanders season starts the way so many before it have.

The New York Islanders schedule is tough enough considering 24 of their games are against Atlantic Division rivals: New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In addition to that the Islanders play 12 of their first 17 games on the road, an unbelievably tough stretch for a team who went 11-23-7 on the road last season.

Offseason Moves
The key moves this offseason were aimed at bolstering the third worst defense in the NHL. The Islanders signed Mark Eaton, formerly of Pittsburgh, and dealt a draft pick for James Wisniewski, a four-year veteran fresh off a career year (30 points in 69 games) with Anaheim. They will join veteran holdover Mark Streit as leaders of a defense that at the very least will be an upgrade from last season.

The Islanders parted ways with backup goalie Martin Biron (New York Rangers), which could come back and bite the team if Roloson or DiPietro are forced to miss extended time. There is no other goalie on the roster with NHL experience. Former Lightning enforcer and highlight of most hockey fighting compilations, Zenon Konopka, is another noteworthy addition to the Islanders. He led the NHL with 265 penalty minutes last season.

New York Islanders Predictions: Outlook
Another 30-goal season seems to be a lot to ask from Moulson, but Tavares and Okposo are capable of taking that next step in their development. The defense will improve, but the goalie situation has the potential to deteriorate and derail this season.

New York Islanders Futures Odds
The Islanders NHL betting odds for season wins total ‘over/under’ is the lowest in the NHL at 32.5. They are long shots to win the Atlantic Division (+2500), the Eastern Conference (+5000) and obviously the Stanley Cup (+10,000).

NHL Predictions for New York Islanders
Give credit to the Islanders for having a plan and sticking to it. If Snow and Gordon are given time the Islanders could make another step in the right direction this season, but a drastic improvement off of their 13th-place Eastern Conference finish last season should not be expected. If New York is blessed with healthy goalies they should be able to surpass 32.5 wins.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NHL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to-the-minute NHL Odds and his famous winning hockey picks.

New York Rangers 2010-11 NHL Predictions

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Their postseason fate came down to a shootout with Philadelphia in the final game of the regular season. The Rangers were on the wrong end of the result and sent into the offseason to wonder ‘what if’ while the Flyers came out on the right side of things, reached the playoffs and eventually the Stanley Cup Finals.

Management realizes how close the Rangers were to reaching the postseason for the fifth consecutive season. Their careful wading into the offseason free agent waters was evidence that management likes the makeup of this team.

Training camp got off to a rocky start. Captain Chris Drury has been ruled out for the preseason and at least the first week of the season after his left hand got in the way of a hard shot during a scrimmage. The 34-year old winger had been one of the most consistent players in the Rangers lineup.

Entering his second full year with the Rangers, Coach John Tortorella recently received a vote of confidence from management after just missing the playoffs last season.

The New York Rangers schedule is a friendly one, sending them on only one road trip longer than three games. New York opens the regular season at Buffalo and then visits the Islanders before hosting Toronto in their home opener.

Offseason Moves
The Rangers brought in backup Martin Biron to Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist who played a career-high 73 games last season. That was a New York Rangers single season record, but not a record the team wanted to break. Biron finally gives the Rangers a legitimate second option behind Lundqvist. Winger Derek Boogaard comes over from Minnesota to replace the departed Jody Shelley (Philadelphia) in the role of enforcer.

New York’s most significant move was bringing in winger Alexander Frolov from Los Angeles. He scored 19 goals and added 32 assists last season and could be in store for a huge season if he ends up playing on the same line with Marian Gaborik.

Another offseason move of sorts was the Rangers coming to terms with 2008 second-round draft pick Derek Stepan back in July. There is a chance Stepan could make the NHL roster and be paired with Gaborik and Frolov on the top line.

The Rangers made one of their most important offseason moves when they came to terms with No. 1 defenseman Marc Staal on a five-year deal, thus preventing a potential holdout and headache.

New York Rangers NHL Season Predictions: Outlook
The Rangers realized how close they were to the playoffs last season and they avoided an offseason shakeup. Their biggest moves included bringing in a backup goalkeeper and coming to terms with a top draft pick and a top defenseman. While the Rangers were tweaking minor things, Atlantic Division rivals New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were involved in an arms race. Competing in the Atlantic Division will be an uphill climb for the Rangers.

New York Rangers Futures Odds
Rangers are a longshot to win the Atlantic Division. Consider this: their NHL odds to win the division (+2000) are the same as their odds to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Their odds to win the Eastern Conference are +4000 and +5000 to win the Stanley Cup. After winning 38 games last season, the Rangers season win total ‘over/under’ is 40.5.

NHL Predictions for New York Rangers
The Rangers will have a hard time breaking into the top three of the Atlantic Division. They are not a legitimate division title contender, but the playoffs are certainly a possibility. They won 38 games last season and they will be lucky to reach that mark again. Expect the Rangers to stay ‘under’ 40.5 wins.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NHL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to -the-minute NHL Odds and his famous winning hockey picks.

Elevator Conference of New York

The Elevator Conference of New York was established in 1993 with the purpose of joining contractors, consultants, suppliers, and other professionals into a single association. The conference enables members to collectively perform research, communicate education and information about the elevator industry, and learn of the many ways to help provide and promote safety within the vertical transportation industry. New York City was a prime location for the ECNY as it is home to many businesses that depend on elevators and escalators to safely transport individuals from floor to floor.

The idea for the ECNY was proposed by Nick Kassetas, an industry salesman who was already part of other regional elevator industry organizations. He wondered why New York City did not have their very own elevator industry to help promote safety for people working within the elevator industry. After long discussions and meetings with several other engineers and associates involved within the elevator industry, it was finally decided to establish the ECNY. Along with the final decision to found the ECNY, the by-laws that the association would follow were created and accepted. 20 individual members originally comprised the ECNY, and since the beginning of its establishment the member count has grown tremendously. Thanks in no small part to its communication with the Department of Buildings of the City of New York and its continuous education programs, at the present time the ECNY has 60 individual members and 70 corporate members.

The ECNY organizes many events each year, in addition to holding regular meetings. These special programs range from Technical Meetings, the ever-popular Mystery Dinner and ECNY Dinner Dance, Continuing our Buildings NY and Technical seminars, and other informative events.

In 2009 the ECNY presented the Safe-T Rider Program, which was a profound success. The program was formulated and presented to properly educate children on the correct ways of using elevators, escalators and other types moving walkways. The program used a character known as “Safety Cat” to help present this information in an entertaining and child-friendly way. Not only were rules and ideas of how to properly use elevators presented, but a question and answer session and review of the safety rules was also incorporated into the presentation. Along with teachers and the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, the ECNY continues to provide these educational presentations throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

Within the ECNY many committees have formed. These committees include: Code Standards and Safety, Communication and Public Relations, Dinner Dance, Finance, Liaison, Meetings and Protocol, Membership, New York City Department of Buildings, Planning, Scholarship, Technical/Information/Presentation, and Website committees. All of these committees help to maintain the structure of the ECNY and it is because of these committees that the ECNY has been such a tremendous success.

The ECNY is host to many distinguished members. Kenneth V. Breglio is the President of ECNY, accompanied by Vice President Bobby Defrancesco. Treasurer Andrea Magaziner and Secretary Douglas Gilman also comprise the list of ECNY members. Among the Directors affiliated with the ECNY are Brad Hunt, Jack Morgan, James Duffy, Nicholas J. Montesano, and Robert Cuzzi.

Wilson Castrillon has been in the elevator industry for over 25 years. In the 1990s he received his NYC Department of Buildings inspector’s license and his QEI Certification. In 1999 he started his own elevator consulting business providing design, engineering, and more.www.cbaconsultants.com

New York City (NYC) Conference Call Services

New York City (NYC) conference call services are available with a local 212 call in number. So if you are a business or non-profit located in the Big Apple, this could be an ideal solution to your conferencing needs.

Signing up with a conference call service that provides a 212 call in number located in New York City satisfies a number of potential issues and certainly provides many advantages.

First, if most of your conference participants are calling from the greater New York City area, they can dial a local number to get into the conference call. This avoids any long distance charges they may otherwise incur by using a call in number located in another state. Most of the commercial conference bridges are located in the Mid-West United States.

Secondly, a local NYC number provides a tremendous convenience for your participants because it is easier to remember.

And third, you will be able to save a small fortune if you obtain a flat rate service. For all intents and purposes, you have the best of both worlds — a local New York City call in number AND an unlimited usage billing plan.

Flat rate phone conferencing services offer you unlimited usage, 24/7. Your calls are not timed and you talk as long as you want, anytime you want. This is much different than the traditional conferencing business model that charges you on a per minute basis. So rather than multiplying the number of people times the number of minutes on a conference, with flat rate service you can budget your conferencing costs down to the penny.

So if you are a New York City (NYC) business or organization that is looking to cut travel and meeting costs, and are open to the idea of having more of your meetings over the phone to save time, this could be your answer. You can get a local NYC 212 conference call in number, along with unlimited flat rate service, and you’ve just saved a substantial amount of money. Not only that, but your conference participants (also known as conferees or guests) have the good fortune of avoiding long distance fees, and in effect, dialing a “toll free” number (because it’s local) that saves you from being billed per minute charges. You won’t need an 800 conference call service, because you and your NYC area participants are dialing local anyway.

Of course, if you have people outside of the New York City area who are dialing in, they can dial the 212 number as well. Also, if you want, you can get a toll free service to “ring to” your 212 conference number and provide an 800, 866, or 877 conference dial number to your out of town participants. The advantage: You’ll only pay the per minute costs of the those who use the toll free number, rather than everyone on your conference call. For example, 3 people can call the 800 number and get into the conference, while another 5 people dial 212. You only pay the per minute toll free cost for the 3 people who call the 800 number, which is usually less than 5 cents per minute, per caller.

Remember, even though it’s a 212 conference dial in number, you don’t have to actually dial 212 from New York City to access the conference bridge. You would just dial the normal 7-digit local number.

All in all, being located in the Big Apple and having a local 212 dial in number for conferences is convenient, cost effective and presents a very professional image. It’s something you need to take a look at if you are interested in controlling costs and providing an easier way for your associates and colleagues to communicate and collaborate.

For more information on New York City (NYC) conference call services, and for flat rate 212 teleconferencing, you can click here: http://www.24conference.com/flatrateteleconference.php

Elevator Conference of New York

The Elevator Conference of New York was established in 1993 with the purpose of joining contractors, consultants, suppliers, and other professionals into a single association. The conference enables members to collectively perform research, communicate education and information about the elevator industry, and learn of the many ways to help provide and promote safety within the vertical transportation industry. New York City was a prime location for the ECNY as it is home to many businesses that depend on elevators and escalators to safely transport individuals from floor to floor.

The idea for the ECNY was proposed by Nick Kassetas, an industry salesman who was already part of other regional elevator industry organizations. He wondered why New York City did not have their very own elevator industry to help promote safety for people working within the elevator industry. After long discussions and meetings with several other engineers and associates involved within the elevator industry, it was finally decided to establish the ECNY. Along with the final decision to found the ECNY, the by-laws that the association would follow were created and accepted. 20 individual members originally comprised the ECNY, and since the beginning of its establishment the member count has grown tremendously. Thanks in no small part to its communication with the Department of Buildings of the City of New York and its continuous education programs, at the present time the ECNY has 60 individual members and 70 corporate members.

The ECNY organizes many events each year, in addition to holding regular meetings. These special programs range from Technical Meetings, the ever-popular Mystery Dinner and ECNY Dinner Dance, Continuing our Buildings NY and Technical seminars, and other informative events.

In 2009 the ECNY presented the Safe-T Rider Program, which was a profound success. The program was formulated and presented to properly educate children on the correct ways of using elevators, escalators and other types moving walkways. The program used a character known as “Safety Cat” to help present this information in an entertaining and child-friendly way. Not only were rules and ideas of how to properly use elevators presented, but a question and answer session and review of the safety rules was also incorporated into the presentation. Along with teachers and the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, the ECNY continues to provide these educational presentations throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

Within the ECNY many committees have formed. These committees include: Code Standards and Safety, Communication and Public Relations, Dinner Dance, Finance, Liaison, Meetings and Protocol, Membership, New York City Department of Buildings, Planning, Scholarship, Technical/Information/Presentation, and Website committees. All of these committees help to maintain the structure of the ECNY and it is because of these committees that the ECNY has been such a tremendous success.

The ECNY is host to many distinguished members. Kenneth V. Breglio is the President of ECNY, accompanied by Vice President Bobby Defrancesco. Treasurer Andrea Magaziner and Secretary Douglas Gilman also comprise the list of ECNY members. Among the Directors affiliated with the ECNY are Brad Hunt, Jack Morgan, James Duffy, Nicholas J. Montesano, and Robert Cuzzi.

Wilson Castrillon has been in the elevator industry for over 25 years. In the 1990s he received his NYC Department of Buildings inspector’s license and his QEI Certification. In 1999 he started his own elevator consulting business providing design, engineering, and more.www.cbaconsultants.com

New York City (NYC) Conference Call Services

New York City (NYC) conference call services are available with a local 212 call in number. So if you are a business or non-profit located in the Big Apple, this could be an ideal solution to your conferencing needs.

Signing up with a conference call service that provides a 212 call in number located in New York City satisfies a number of potential issues and certainly provides many advantages.

First, if most of your conference participants are calling from the greater New York City area, they can dial a local number to get into the conference call. This avoids any long distance charges they may otherwise incur by using a call in number located in another state. Most of the commercial conference bridges are located in the Mid-West United States.

Secondly, a local NYC number provides a tremendous convenience for your participants because it is easier to remember.

And third, you will be able to save a small fortune if you obtain a flat rate service. For all intents and purposes, you have the best of both worlds — a local New York City call in number AND an unlimited usage billing plan.

Flat rate phone conferencing services offer you unlimited usage, 24/7. Your calls are not timed and you talk as long as you want, anytime you want. This is much different than the traditional conferencing business model that charges you on a per minute basis. So rather than multiplying the number of people times the number of minutes on a conference, with flat rate service you can budget your conferencing costs down to the penny.

So if you are a New York City (NYC) business or organization that is looking to cut travel and meeting costs, and are open to the idea of having more of your meetings over the phone to save time, this could be your answer. You can get a local NYC 212 conference call in number, along with unlimited flat rate service, and you’ve just saved a substantial amount of money. Not only that, but your conference participants (also known as conferees or guests) have the good fortune of avoiding long distance fees, and in effect, dialing a “toll free” number (because it’s local) that saves you from being billed per minute charges. You won’t need an 800 conference call service, because you and your NYC area participants are dialing local anyway.

Of course, if you have people outside of the New York City area who are dialing in, they can dial the 212 number as well. Also, if you want, you can get a toll free service to “ring to” your 212 conference number and provide an 800, 866, or 877 conference dial number to your out of town participants. The advantage: You’ll only pay the per minute costs of the those who use the toll free number, rather than everyone on your conference call. For example, 3 people can call the 800 number and get into the conference, while another 5 people dial 212. You only pay the per minute toll free cost for the 3 people who call the 800 number, which is usually less than 5 cents per minute, per caller.

Remember, even though it’s a 212 conference dial in number, you don’t have to actually dial 212 from New York City to access the conference bridge. You would just dial the normal 7-digit local number.

All in all, being located in the Big Apple and having a local 212 dial in number for conferences is convenient, cost effective and presents a very professional image. It’s something you need to take a look at if you are interested in controlling costs and providing an easier way for your associates and colleagues to communicate and collaborate.

For more information on New York City (NYC) conference call services, and for flat rate 212 teleconferencing, you can click here: http://www.24conference.com/flatrateteleconference.php

New York Giants Tickets- Trying To Make It Two

Unlike some years past, New York Giants tickets because increasingly hard to get as the 2007 season progressed. Maybe the hardest to get were the ones to last year’s Super Bowl game, where the Giants took the championship against the favored New England Patriots. With all of their celebrations, it seems like they should be able to take a well-deserved break, but that is the last thing that the Giants are looking to do. Instead, they are back at training camp making sure that every position is perfected and every drill is run at 100 percent. They realize what some teams forget: hard work wins games. Yes, they are a talented team, but it was that bit of extra effort that brought home the championship. While training camp is often a time to hone players’ skills and get them back into playing condition, the Giants can focus more on their plays because their team has kept themselves in tip-top shape during the offseason and have come back in even better shape that when the season ended. Who knows what those who got New York Giants tickets will have the treat of seeing during the first games of the season, but it certainly won’t be a starting lineup that is out of shape.

The team, like most, is fighting through some injuries in order to get everyone healthy for the start of the season, including wide receiver David Tyree, who is nursing a knee injury. Even the players who are injured, however, seem to be feeling the urgency to get better, work harder and win games. If possible, the team seems hungrier and more eager than ever.

One of the more celebrated players from the Super Bowl squad was quarterback Eli Manning. His Super Bowl win meant the second in as many years for the Manning family with his brother Peyton Manning winning in 2006. Eli Manning is ready to once again lead his team to football greatness, but wouldn’t mind doing it in a similar fashion to last year’s win. Last year, the Giants seemed to be the underdogs in more situations than just the Super Bowl. Not being “the team” to beat has its advantages and made victory even sweeter. Regardless of how they do it, fans who have New York Giants tickets will surely be looking for a lot of wins this season after last year.

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Evolution Progress Of Nfl Team New York Jets

This National Football League (NFL) is the famous association that attracts increasingly more ambitious football players and even captures the hearts of lots of fanatic football fans. There are plenty of famous football teams playing within the NFL. The New York Jets is also the best team in your NFL and now lets check out the development of it while in the NFL. New York Jets undoubtedly are a professional football team within Florham Park, New Jacket. They are members on the Eastern Division of your American Conference (AFC) within the National Football League (NFL).

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New York Giants’ Outlook For 2010 NFL

Getting started the 2009 season pretty strong as they got out of the 5-0 gate, the New York Giants couldn’t sustain the form from earlier in the season. There was only three won games for the rest of the way for the Giants to place third in the NFC East. After they had won 12 games and the NFC East Title in 2008, their 2009’s season was a major letdown. The defense that allowed 26.7 points per game (30th NFL) was a severe disappointment while the offense had done well on their part with 25.1 points scored per game (8th NFL). It’s going to take a much stronger defense in 2010 for them to aim for an NFC East Title this year.

 

Offense: Led by Eli Manning, New York put a pretty explosive offensive unit on the field in 2009. Manning threw for 4,021 yards and 27 touchdowns, helping the Giants boast one of the best passing attacks in the NFC.

 

Pro Bowler Steve Smith joined with Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to form a very productive receiving unit. The trio combined for 211 catches, 2,832 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Giants also got solid production from tight end Kevin Boss, and Travis Beckum figures to play a bigger role this year.

 

The Giants became more of a pass-first team last season, but head coach Tom Coughlin prefers to set up the pass with the run, just as he did when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII. As long as Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw can stay healthy, the Giants can get back to running the football behind one of the better lines in the league.

 

Defense: After the defense gave up 40 or more points in five different games last season, it was time for Bill Sheridan to move on. The organization is very excited about new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and his aggressive scheme. With Fewell calling the defensive signals, we should see New York’s pass rush come back to life.

 

It was New York’s ferocious pass rush that did Tom Brady and the Patriots in on Super Bowl Sunday a few short seasons ago. That season, the Giants totaled an impressive 53 sacks. They got after the quarterback again in 2008 with 42 sacks. But last season, New York only tallied 32 quarterback sacks. Fewell is going to do all he can to have New York living in the backfield again. Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck will both be looking for bounce back campaigns, and they’ll be aided by first round draft pick Jason Pierre-Paul.

 

If the pass rush comes back, the pass defense should be rock solid now that safety Antrel Rolle joins a quality defensive backfield.

 

Prediction: 2nd NFC East – The Dallas Cowboys appear to be ahead of the Giants as we the 2010 season nears, but New York has enough pieces to be right in the mix for an NFC East crown come December. I ultimately have the Giants coming up just short, but this is a team with the potential to do some damage as a Wild Card, just as they did when they won the Super Bowl three years ago. Be sure to check out my 2010 NFL predictions to see which teams I have winning the other seven divisions.

 

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2010-11 New York Islanders NHL Predictions and Odds

There are two ways to look at the New York Islanders current situation. There is the positive of an 18-point increase from the 2008-09 season to last year, but a third straight Atlantic Division last-place finish also lets you know just how far the Islanders have to go.

Under GM Garth Snow the Islanders have been moving in the right direction over the course of the past few years. Even with the positive steps that have been taken the Islanders still have a long road to travel and tangible postseason results are still off in the distance.

The first overall pick in the 2009 draft, John Tavares, is the unquestioned future of this team. He scored 24 goals last season including 11 power-play goals, best on the team. He finished with 54 points and another major step forward in his career should be expected this season. Matt Moulson scored a quiet 30 goals last season to lead the team and winger Kyle Okposo is another young talent with a lot of potential.

The offense was not exactly great last season (21st in the NHL), but it was far from the Islanders biggest problem. Allowing 3.15 goals per game last season, New York finished a dismal 28th in defense in the league.

The goalie situation is also an area of concern. Rick DiPietro is as fragile as they come in the NHL. The Islanders still want him as the goalie of the future, but until he proves he can last an entire season, or at least half a season, New York will lean on 40-year old veteran Dwayne Roloson. He played in 50 games last season, considerably more than the Islanders wanted to. However, they had no choice.

Scott Gordon is in the final year of his three-year contract and he may not see the next calendar year if this Islanders season starts the way so many before it have.

The New York Islanders schedule is tough enough considering 24 of their games are against Atlantic Division rivals: New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In addition to that the Islanders play 12 of their first 17 games on the road, an unbelievably tough stretch for a team who went 11-23-7 on the road last season.

Offseason Moves
The key moves this offseason were aimed at bolstering the third worst defense in the NHL. The Islanders signed Mark Eaton, formerly of Pittsburgh, and dealt a draft pick for James Wisniewski, a four-year veteran fresh off a career year (30 points in 69 games) with Anaheim. They will join veteran holdover Mark Streit as leaders of a defense that at the very least will be an upgrade from last season.

The Islanders parted ways with backup goalie Martin Biron (New York Rangers), which could come back and bite the team if Roloson or DiPietro are forced to miss extended time. There is no other goalie on the roster with NHL experience. Former Lightning enforcer and highlight of most hockey fighting compilations, Zenon Konopka, is another noteworthy addition to the Islanders. He led the NHL with 265 penalty minutes last season.

New York Islanders Predictions: Outlook
Another 30-goal season seems to be a lot to ask from Moulson, but Tavares and Okposo are capable of taking that next step in their development. The defense will improve, but the goalie situation has the potential to deteriorate and derail this season.

New York Islanders Futures Odds
The Islanders NHL betting odds for season wins total ‘over/under’ is the lowest in the NHL at 32.5. They are long shots to win the Atlantic Division (+2500), the Eastern Conference (+5000) and obviously the Stanley Cup (+10,000).

NHL Predictions for New York Islanders
Give credit to the Islanders for having a plan and sticking to it. If Snow and Gordon are given time the Islanders could make another step in the right direction this season, but a drastic improvement off of their 13th-place Eastern Conference finish last season should not be expected. If New York is blessed with healthy goalies they should be able to surpass 32.5 wins.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NHL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to-the-minute NHL Odds and his famous winning hockey picks.