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Islanders Hockey Blog http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/home.html Sat, 01 Nov 2014 12:30:47 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Types of Slots http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2014-articles/april/types-of-slots.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2014-articles/april/types-of-slots.html The slot machines at  Norske Spilleautomater.com  are typically known as some of the most famous choices of the casino visitors from different parts of the world. The conventional slot machines have levers that can initiate the reel spinning for the coiled spring of the machine. Each of these reels will stop and go at a random time. Once you stop the reels, the slot machine will read out the result and will award you with a pay out, if you are eligible to have them. In some casino centers, the slot machines have computerized slots that utilize random number generators to help control the reel stopping rate.

Bonus Multiplier

The bonus multiplier slots somehow have a somewhat similar structure with the straight multiplier in terms of paying out. Assuming that the slot machine can accommodate up to three coins per game, you may add a bonus payout if you decide to play this maximum number of coins per game. You can typically use the same payout ratio used for the straight multiplier slot machines. In this light, you can use a payout schedule that can award you with five coins everytime you fit a cherry with only one coin inserted, ten coins for two coins, and 25 for three coins.

Straight Multiplier

The straight multiplier  slots  are slot machines that can help increase your pay out rate by a constant multiple for each of the additional coin that you decide to play. You can have no advantage if you decide to play using the maximum amount of coins for this type of machine. For instance, acquiring three bars will pay you out with ten coins if you have played using one coin. The same ratio applies if you decide to play using 20 or 30 coins.

Multiple Pay Lines

On the other hand, the multiple pay lines for the slots can permit you to purchase additional pay lines. You can use this by inserting more coins in the machine. Playing only one coin can generally activate the middle pay line only. If you have scored a winning result for the top or the bottom line, you may not be paid if ever you have played with only one coin. The second coin that you will insert will typically add up to the top line. On the other hand, the third coin will add up to the bottom line. If the slot machine can accommodate up to five coins, the next two coins can help activate two of the diagonal pay lines.

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jug.george@gmail.com (Islanders Hockey Blog) frontpage Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:32:55 +0000
Looking At The Islander’s Playoffs Chances http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2013-articles/april/looking-at-the-islanders-playoffs-chances.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2013-articles/april/looking-at-the-islanders-playoffs-chances.html Founded in 1972, The New York islanders have not seen much playoff action since the 80’s. Islanders fans reminisce fondly of a time when the team was a menacing force to be reckon with. Between 1980 and 1984, the Islanders won 19 successive playoff series and four successive Stanley Cups (1980-83), cementing an unequaled status for the team in professional sports. However, the New York Islanders have seen various unsuccessful team rebuilds, money issues, poor management, and low spectator attendance in its more recent years. The Islanders have not seen a playoff series win since the 92-93 NHL season but seem to be making a long overdue push for the playoffs this year.

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.

Defense

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.

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jug.george@gmail.com (Islanders Hockey Blog) frontpage Thu, 04 Apr 2013 00:44:12 +0000
Islanders Assign Over 20 Players to Bridgeport http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/islanders-assign-over-20-players-to-bridgeport.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/islanders-assign-over-20-players-to-bridgeport.html
With the second lockout in less then a decade practically here, the Islanders decided to make sure to get as much playing time as possible for as many players as possible. The biggest names on the list are Travis Hamonic, Nino Niederreiter, Casey Cizikas, Calvn de Haan, Matt Donovan, Kirill Kabanov, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, David Ullstrom, Kevin Poulin, and Anders Nilsson. All of the above had a chance to fight for an NHL role in training camp, but instead will find themselves battling for playing time in the AHL.

Whenever it is that the CBA situation is resolved, and the lockout comes to a close, expect Hamonic, Cizikas, and Donovan to be among the first to get the call-up.

The rest of the 24 that were sent down include Ty Wishart, Sean Backman, Matt Watkins, Nathan McIver, Colin McDonald, Marc Cantin, Jason Clark, Brandon DeFazio, Mike Halmo, Jon Landry, John Persson, Blair Riley, and Johan Sundstrom.

In other news, 2011 and 2012 first round picks, Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart were both sent to their respective CHL clubs. Not quite how the Islanders saw the Strome situation resolving I'd imagine.
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robertoscalia7@yahoo.com (Roberto Scalia) frontpage Sat, 15 Sep 2012 18:03:35 +0000
Visnovsky Trade Upheld http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/visnovsky-trade-upheld.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/visnovsky-trade-upheld.html On the day of the NHL draft the Islanders showed they meant business right away as they started the day off by trading their 2013 second round pick to the Ducks in return for arguably their best defenseman in Lubomir Visnovsky, who racked up points in 2010-11 by scoring 18 goals and 50 assists for a total of 68 points in 81 games. Last season wasn’t nearly as productive for “Lubo” who was nagged by injuries early on in the year, and could only manage 27 points in 68 games.

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.

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robertoscalia7@yahoo.com (Roberto Scalia) frontpage Sat, 15 Sep 2012 18:00:34 +0000
Au Revoir PA? http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/june/au-revoir-pa.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/june/au-revoir-pa.html Earlier today, PA Parenteau’s agent, Allan Walsh, tweeted that his client “will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. This doesn’t necessarily mean that PA won’t be wearing blue and orange next season, however the chances are getting slimmer.

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.]]>
robertoscalia7@yahoo.com (Roberto Scalia) frontpage Wed, 27 Jun 2012 03:17:18 +0000
Visnovsky Saga Concludes Before It Begins http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/june/visnovsky-sage-concludes-before-it-begins.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/june/visnovsky-sage-concludes-before-it-begins.html On draft day, the New York Islanders were the first ones to make an impact as almost immediately following the drafting of Nail Yakupov as the first overall pick, it was announced that the Islanders had traded their 2013 second round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

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:

Visnovsky               Hamonic

Streit                      MacDonald

FA                          Donovan

A major improvement from last year’s:

Streit                     Staios

MacDonald             Hamonic

Eaton                    Staios/Jurcina

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robertoscalia7@yahoo.com (Roberto Scalia) frontpage Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:49:34 +0000
Islanders Sign Riley http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/june/islanders-sign-riley.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/june/islanders-sign-riley.html The Islanders made their second signing of the summer today as they signed forward Blair Riley to a one year, two-way deal.

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.”

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robertoscalia7@yahoo.com (Roberto Scalia) frontpage Sat, 02 Jun 2012 01:50:00 +0000
Kabanov Has Big Night in Memorial Cup http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/may/kabanov-has-big-night-in-memorial-cup.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/may/kabanov-has-big-night-in-memorial-cup.html

Kirill Kabanov had a big night for the Shawinigan Cataractes, contributing a goal and an assist in his teams 6-1 routing of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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.



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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) frontpage Fri, 25 May 2012 05:12:58 +0000
Help Get John Tavares on the Cover of NHL 13 http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/may/help-get-john-tavares-on-the-cover-of-nhl-13.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/may/help-get-john-tavares-on-the-cover-of-nhl-13.html

John Tavares (and Team Canada) may be eliminated from the IIHF World Championships; he is still very much alive in the EA Sports NHL 13 Cover Vote.

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.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) frontpage Fri, 18 May 2012 16:33:49 +0000
Isles Respond to Draft Party Criticism http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/may/isles-respond-to-draft-part-criticism.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/may/isles-respond-to-draft-part-criticism.html On Tuesday the Islanders announced the details for their annual draft party at the Nassau Coliseum, but with the Rangers and Devils in the midst of an Eastern Conference Finals series some Islander fans weren’t too happy to be thinking about the draft as their division rivals battled for a chance to compete for the cup.

The Team did respond and I thought it was worth posting:

We understand our fans’ frustration and are disappointed in the team’s performance on the ice. The New York Islanders thrive on the support of the fans, which is why we’ll continue to hold events like the Draft Party. As an organization, we will not stop having these events because they give Islanders fans the opportunity to show your support, share your passion with friends and family and enjoy a fun experience with your favorite team.

Thanks to reader sportsfan1970 for the heads up.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) frontpage Thu, 17 May 2012 19:38:18 +0000