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EASY LIVIN: Islanders Fans are Least Stressed Fanbase in NHL

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New York Islanders fans are living on easy street these days. Well, that’s according to a new study from BetUS.

The findings indicated that Islanders fans were the least stressed fanbase of the NHL’s 32 franchises. The study found that 16 percent of Isles fans are feeling the pressure on game days, while the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues had fanbases with a 29 percent stress level.

“When it comes to the most passionate, nearly a third of the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets fans are feeling worked up on game day,” the company said in a news release.

BetUS used a tool called TensiStrength, which measures the level of stress and relaxation in text, to help formulate their data. The online betting company examed more than 100,000 tweets and message board forum posts and put them through the Tensistrength program to get the results.

BetUS also examined fanbases in the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball.

The New York Islanders have had back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Semifinals and have made the postseason the past three straight seasons. However, their seasons have not been without their drama and the Islanders have limped into the playoffs its last two years causing concern among its fans.

The team’s newfound success and consistency have brought comfort to a fanbase that has spent the better part of nearly three decades hoping for the Islanders to regain their dynasty form.

Among the area’s other local NHL teams, the New Jersey Devils found themselves just two positions higher than the Islanders at 30th. Only 19 percent of their fans indicated high levels of stress during games.

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