The New York Rangers were active over the offseason, acquiring talent and getting healthy.
Now the Rangers enter the preseason looking to make a run and stand as one of the more intriguing teams bettors should consider when playing NHL futures and lines. With so much potential for a solid payout, bettors should take a look at NHL online sportsbook odds and consider making a wager given the positivity around the franchise.
Here’s a look at the latest preseason news and notes around the Rangers.
Maxim Lapierre Gets a Tryout
The Rangers will have center Maxim Lapierre in camp for a tryout before the season. He’s a veteran of the MODO Hockey in the SHL and HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. Now 31 years old, Lapierre was last seen in the NHL in 2014 when he suited up for 80 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
There, he recorded 11 points and served in a smooth rotational role. The Rangers could use such a presence, provided Lapierre nails his tryout.
Mackenzie Skapski Back on Track
The Rangers were on the receiving end of a major blow last year when Mackenzie Skapski suffered a hip injury and didn’t have a chance to suit up.
A high-upside goalie at the age of 22, Skapski showed promise in 2014 and has throughout his developmental trek. Word out of New York’s recent developmental camp is he looks back to 100 percent after surgery, which is huge news for both Skapski and the team. A fully healthy Skapski means the Rangers have more options than usual this upcoming season should the coaching staff need to promote someone to the main roster.
Mika Zibanejad Looks Ready
Mika Zibanejad is another example of what a solid job the Rangers have done building up their system over the years.
Zibanejad is just 23 years old and just landed with the Rangers via a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Last year he trumpeted this upside with a strong 21 goals and 51 points, with word out of camp this year suggesting he’s ready to post even more production. This would obviously be a huge boon for the Rangers, who coughed up elite scoring option Derick Brassard in the trade.]]>
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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.]]>
The Ducks were probably expecting last season to be the beginning of the end for Visnovsky’s career, however the Islanders are expecting otherwise as, along with Captain Mark Streit, the Islanders will possess quite the potent power play defensive line. Add John Tavares, Matt Moulson, and power play specialist Brad Boyes to the mix and power play coach Doug Weight is probably very anxious to get to work with this group.
I’m personally expecting the defensive lines to look something like this when the season commences:
Visnovsky – Hamonic
MacDonald – Streit
Carkner – Donovan/Ness/de Haan
While I’m not a huge fan of breaking up the tandem of Hamonic and MacDonald, there isn’t much choice in the matter as a tandem of Streit and Visnovsky would not leave much leeway for error in the Isles defensive zone. Hamonic would add the defensive potency Visnovsky lacks to his game, as well as pick up some tricks of the offensive trade from his experienced linemate. MacDonald and Streit have worked well together before, when A-Mac was just getting started in the NHL and Streit was his mentor, and there shouldn’t be much of a problem with the two working together again. Carkner will have the role of protector for the rookie who will almost certainly be getting the permanent call-up as the 6th defenseman on the roster. Whether it is Donovan, most likely of the candidates, Ness, or de Haan, opponents will more than likely be thinking twice of putting a big hit on the rookie with Carkner lurking close by. Carkner will also add some protection to the goalies, particularly DiPietro, who seemed to get run into a few times too often last season.]]>
Parenteau’s unlikely return isn’t exactly breaking news to some as earlier this summer an article was published in which Snow declared that he had made a more then fair offer to PA but had it declined. Parenteau’s reason was believed to be that he thought that he could get more money and a longer term on July 1st, however if he doesn’t get the type of deal he’s looking for he will more than likely put pen to paper on Snow’s offer.
One of the teams that are deemed likely to land PA if he doesn’t re-sign are the Montreal Canadiens, looking to bring the Hull, Quebec native closer to home. The offers will also start flooding in once, top free agent, Zach Parise’s faith is decided as GMs will look to Parenteau to fill the remaining hole they have in their top 6.
If the Islanders aren’t able to re-sign Parenteau, they will be forced to find another RW to place on the first line along with Matt Moulson and John Tavares. The player will either come from free agency, trade, or inside the system as several candidates are available in each option.
Through free agency the biggest names are, Zach Parise, Alexander Semin, Jaromir Jagr, Shane Doan, and Dustin Penner. Out of the five the likeliest one to land would probably be either Semin or Doan as the rest are either likely to re-sign with their clubs before Sunday or will be looking to sign with teams that are closer to being legitimate Stanley Cup Contenders.
Via trade the biggest names are obviously Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan. Nash has a NTC (no-trade clause) on his contract and is very unlikely to drop the clause for a team like the Islanders. Ryan however may be interesting, he simply wants out of Anaheim so if the Islanders are willing to maybe slightly overpay for the very talented winger there might be a chance that Long Island is his next stop. However, Garth Snow has never been one to overpay for a player, especially if it interferes with his beloved rebuild so fans should keep their expectations low when it comes to the trade route.
The “inside the system” route is one of the less interesting yet likelier routes as the names are mostly down to Kyle Okposo, as a power forward he would give the line an intensity and physicality its lacking, and also the only player on the team to have also played on the first line before and produced quite well. The other player, and this is mostly just my opinion, is Josh Bailey. Bailey showed late last season that he will produce best a playmaking winger, much like PA, and is the best choice if Capuano chooses to try to fill the hole with another Parenteau type of player. There’s very little doubt in my mind that Bailey would be successful on that line and is the best the Islanders have when it comes to emulating Parenteau’s play and influence on the first line.In other news, the Islanders made their qualifying offers to their restricted free agents today. Offers were made to Matt Martin, Justin Dibenedetto, Mark Katic, Rhett Rakhshani, Mikko Koskinen, Tomas Marcinko, Ty Wishart, and Sean Backman. Tyler McNeely, Tony Romano, Yuri Alexandrov, and Yannick Reindeau were the four players that were released.]]>
The following day, an article started making the rounds in which Visnovsky, in an interview with a European newspaper, stated "I get offers from Russia and I think about them.” Fans were, as to be expected, shocked at these comments and everyone wondered if this was going to be a sort of Evgeni Nabokov repeat, where the player is, in Visnovsky’s case, traded for but doesn’t report to the team.
However, earlier today Arthur Staple of Newsday took it upon himself to personally call the Slovakian defenseman and find out the full story. Visnovsky stated that the famed interview had actually taken place before the trade itself, and he’d been asked about whether he’d play in the KHL or Slovakia in case of yet another lockout. He confirmed to all fans that he would be present at training camp, and stated that “this is my first choice, to play for the Islanders.”
The 35 year old, 36 in August, has a cap hit of $5.6 million, but only a $3 million salary in the last year of his contract. Visnovsky will give a definite boost to the Islanders power play, take some of the pressure off of Islander captain Mark Streit, and also helps the Islanders fill one of the defensive holes as it seems obvious that Mark Eaton, Milan Jurcina, and Steve Staios (now a front office employee of the Toronto Maple Leafs) will not be back next season.
The Islanders will likely fill the other two spots left on the blue line with one free agent signing, and the promotion of one of Matt Donovan, Aaron Ness, and/or Calvin de Haan with Donovan and Ness the likeliest candidates. After said promotion and signing the Islanders defense should look something like this:
A major improvement from last year’s:
The Ferris State graduate spent the 2011-12 season up and down from the AHL and the ECHL, and impressed the Islander organization with his grit. In the 55 games he’s played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Riley had seven goals and four assists for a total of eleven points on the season, with a -3 +/- and 77 PIMS.
While the signing isn’t exactly the biggest signing of the market, it’s good to remember that a team isn’t solely made up of superstars and depth signings are also necessary to a good team.
When interviewed about his first professional contract by the Connecticut Post, Riley had this to say:
“I got an opportunity there to show what I could do at the American League level, an opportunity to take a step forward… I’m very comfortable going to camp, knowing a bunch of the guys, and with the staff. They know what to expect from me.”]]>
The Isles prospect contributed his third assist of the tournament on Shawinigan’s first goal of the night feeding Brandon Gormley, who put It into the net. Kabanov scored the Cataractes’ fourth goal of the night 2:56 into the second period. He was able to score on a fluke shot that missed the net, hitting the glass behind it, a and bounced off Oil King goaltender Laurent Brossoit and went into the net.
"It's sometimes disappointing, but a goal is a goal," Kabanov told Buzzing the Net about the goal. Adding later that he had never scored like that, but thought “it was kind of funny.”
The goal was Kabanov’s first of the tournament and now has 4 points in the four games Shawinigan has played in the tournament.
The Cataractes play Saint John tomorrow night at 7pm.
Voting begins today, as the Islander all-star goes head to head with Detroit Red wings forward Pavel Datsyuk. Tavares knocked out Jordan Eberle in the first round of the cover vote.
"I'm flattered that I am moving onto the next round of the EA Sports NHL13 Cover Vote,” Tavares told the Islanders’ team website. “I've always said that we have amazing fans on Long Island that support this team. I appreciate the hours of voting they've put in for me and look forward to seeing what they can do as I'm up next against one of the NHL's great players, Pavel Datsyuk. Don't count Islander fans out, they'll always end up surprising you.”
Tavares has received endorsements from several other NHL players like P.K. Subban, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, and his fellow Islander teammates.
Rival Henrik Lundqvist is also in the second round of the competition going up against Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.
Voting goes from today until Wednesday, May 23. Click here to vote for John Tavares and get him to the semi-finals.