The Dallas Stars visit the New York Islanders for a chance to do a little online sports betting on Thursday, January 19th. The NHL betting lines will be coming up very soon here at SBG Global sportsbook.
The Stars have been left seeing themselves early in the game lately. As a matter of fact, they conceded the first goal on the first shot of the game three games in a row. The first two of those games ended in losses to Minnesota and Buffalo, but there was no rule of three against the Rangers on Tuesday. In addition to that first shot, goalie Antti Niemi allowed five more on 28 shots before ceding the net to Kari Lehtonen, who made 12 saves in the third period – including three on the final five seconds of the game; a one-timer from Brandon Pirri followed by saves on Zuccarello and Zibanejad off rebounds. Additionally, Patrick Sharp scored two goals, while Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves scored one each and had two assists apiece for the 7-6 win at Madison Square Garden. Antoine Roussel, Adam Cracknell and Cody Eakin scored as well. The majority of Stars’ goals resulted from breakdowns in front of Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist. As Sharp said after the game, “it’s frustrating that we need to score seven goals to win the game, but right now we’ll take a win whatever way we can.” A sentiment that many online sports betting fans can subscribe to.
The Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Monday, but it was too little too late for head coach Jack Capuano, who was wished well on his future endeavors on Tuesday. Capuano’s 227 wins are the second-most in the history of the team, but in hockey it’s ‘what have you done for me lately.’ And lately, the Islanders are having a dismal regular season with a 17-17-8, good for the Metro Division’s last place. No need to be surprised if the NHL betting lines favor the Stars on Thursday. Assistant general manager Doug Weight was named the interim head coach (note to UFC: this is how you use the word interim). “We need to turn this ship around,” said GM Garth Snow. You’d think someone with the last name Snow would know about hockey, but the additions of free agents Andrew Ladd – who with only eight goals is falling short of his $8 million price tag – and Jason Chimera have done little in the way of getting back on track. But then, thinking they were the solution to the Islanders’ problems was, well, a chimera. Elsewhere, the New York team sent former starting goalie Jaroslav Halak to the minors a fortnight ago. And speaking of free agents, franchise player John Tavares could leave the franchise as soon as next season, as did Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin previously. All things considered, it’s not only the NHL betting lines that should look bleak for the Islanders. Online sports betting fans should take note of the turmoil the New York club is currently going through.