The New Jersey Devils may be the state’s only NHL team, but the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and even the New York Islanders are close enough to have a ton of fans in the Garden State.
Put simply, NHL hockey is a big deal in New Jersey, especially since the launch of NJ online sports betting now allows fans to bet on games.
In fact, all licensed NJ sportsbooks and sports-focussed NJ gambling websites, offer a variety of simple and easy ways even casual fans of the NHL can bet on hockey games.
Basic NHL bets available include:
- Puck lines
How to bet on the NHL in NJ
NHL moneylines in NJ
Moneyline bets pay according to the team’s probability of winning. You just pick a winner and book the bet at odds that are posted as either a negative (-) or positive (+) number.
A negative number indicates that the team is the favorite and represents how much you have to bet to win $100 plus your bet back. A positive number indicates that the team is the underdog and represents how much a $100 bet will pay.
NHL puck lines in NJ
Puck line bets in the NHL are moneylines bets with a point spread factored in. Because the average NHL game is decided by two goals or less, the puck line for just about every game is set at -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog.
All you need to do is make the correct prediction with that puck line factored in to win. Puck line bets are booked at odds that are posted on each team just like the moneyline.
NHL futures in NJ
NHL futures are bets on NHL teams involving something where the outcome will not be determined until a future date.
These are often bets on who will win the Division, Conference, or Stanley Cup Finals before the start of the season.
However, NJ sportsbooks will take futures bets on all 31 NHL teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. Just as long as the team you want to bet on is still in contention.
For the most part, the earlier it is in the season, the better the odds available. However, the odds on teams at the bottom of the standings will increase the season progresses.
NHL totals in NJ
NJ sportsbooks set a line on the total number of goals both teams will score on a game. You decide if the actual total will be over or under that line and bet on it.
NJ sportsbooks typically make the odds on totals -110. That means you have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back, whether you like the over or the under.
NHL parlays in NJ
NHL parlays involve combining two or more bets into one. Parlays pay better than the bets would individually. However, every bet that is a part of it must win for the parlay to pay. An NHL parlay could include different bets on one or more NHL games.
NHL in-play betting
Most NJ sportsbooks also offer live in-play betting on NHL games. This allows you to make bets during a game with odds that will fluctuate as the action does.
NHL betting tips
Betting on NHL games at NJ sportsbooks is an easy process. Picking winners is a whole lot harder.
Improve your picks by focussing on these three NHL facts:
- There is a home-ice advantage in hockey. Home teams get the last line change and a whole lot more. They get that boost of confidence only playing in front of a home crowd can give a team. Most teams have a big edge at home, but there are some road warriors that have found a way to reduce it. Pay attention to the home and road records of teams to see who holds the real advantage.
- Most NHL games are decided by a single goal. Plus, the majority feature five goals or less. There’s a palpable parity in the NHL, meaning there’s very little separating teams at the top of the standings from those at the bottom and underdogs regularly upset favorites. Look for lines that provide serious value while allowing you to take advantage of this.
- Goalies have a huge impact on NHL games. Think of the starting netminder like a starting pitcher in a baseball game in terms of how much influence they will have on the outcome of a game. Bet on the best goalie and take advantage of the opportunity to bet against his team when he gets the odd night off. Plus, look for goalies on hot and cold streaks and bet accordingly. Momentum is real.
Where to bet on the NHL in NJ
The following is a look at the complete legal NJ sports betting landscape, including every retail sportsbook location and NJ sports betting app where you can currently place NHL bets:
NJ sports betting apps
There are 13 NJ online sports betting sites in New Jersey booking NHL bets. Plus, there are more on the way:
|Online Sportsbook||Sports Betting Partner(s)||Land-Based Partner||Launch Date||iOS?||Android?|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Aug. 6||Yes||Yes|
|BetStars NJ||NA||Resorts AC||Sept. 13||Yes||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Betfair/IGT||Meadowlands||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|William Hill NJ||NA||Monmouth/Ocean Resort||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Caesars AC||Sept. 6||Yes||Yes|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||Kambi||Monmouth Park||Aug. 23||Yes||Yes|
|888 Sport||Kambi||Caesars||Sept. 10||Yes||Yes|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 19||Yes||Yes|
|playMGM||GVC||Borgata AC||Aug. 22||Yes||Yes|
|Hard Rock Online||GiG||Hard Rock AC||Jan. 30||Yes||Yes|
|Resorts Online Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Jan. 31||Yes||Yes|
|BetAmerica Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 2||Yes||Yes|
|bet365||NA||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Borgata Sports||GVC||Borgata AC||May 14, 2019||Yes||Yes|
|Ocean Resort||William Hill||Ocean Resort Casino||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Unibet||Kambi||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|CG Technology||Stadium Technology||Meadowlands||2019||Probably||Probably|
NJ retail sportsbook locations
Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state that book NHL bets:
|Casino/Racetrack||Sports Betting Partner||Launch Date||Sportsbook Name|
|Monmouth Park||William Hill||June 14||Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill|
|Borgata Sportsbook||IGT||June 14||Borgata Race & Sports Bar|
|Ocean Resort Sportsbook||William Hill||June 28||William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort|
|Meadowlands||Betfair/FanDuel||July 14||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Harrah's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Aug. 1||Harrah's Sports Book|
|Bally's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||July 30||Wild Wild West Sports Book|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Aug. 15||The Sportsbook|
|Resorts Sportsbook||SBTech; DraftKings/Kambi||Aug. 15||DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts|
|Tropicana||William Hill||Oct. 25||William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City|
|Hard Rock AC||GiG||Jan. 30||Hard Rock Sportsbook|