Power Play: Take A Shot At NHL Sports Betting In New Jersey

Martin Derbyshire February 19, 2019 273 Reads

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:

  • Moneylines
  • Puck lines
  • Futures
  • Totals
  • Parlays

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.

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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 SportsbookSports Betting Partner(s)Land-Based PartnerLaunch DateiOS?Android?
DraftKings SportsbookSBTechResorts ACAug. 6YesYes
BetStars NJNAResorts ACSept. 13YesYes
FanDuel SportsbookBetfair/IGTMeadowlandsSept. 1YesYes
Caesars SportsbookScientific GamesCaesars ACSept. 6YesYes
SugarHouse SportsbookKambiMonmouth ParkAug. 23YesYes
888 SportKambiCaesarsSept. 10YesYes
playMGMIGTBorgata ACAug. 22YesYes
William Hill NJNAMonmouth/Ocean ResortSept. 1YesYes
PointsBetNAMeadowlandsDec. 11YesYes
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 19YesYes
Hard Rock OnlineGiGHard Rock ACJan. 30YesYes
Resorts Online SportsbookSBTechResorts ACJan. 31YesYes
BetAmerica SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 2YesYes
bet365NAHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
Ocean ResortWilliam HillOcean Resort CasinoUnknownLikely Likely
Bally'sScientific GamesBally's UnknownLikelyLikely
Harrah'sScientific GamesHarrah'sUnknownLikelyLikely
UnibetKambiHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
TheScoreBet.WorksMonmouth2019PlannedPlanned
CG TechnologyStadium TechnologyMeadowlands2019ProbablyProbably

NJ retail sportsbook locations

Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state that book NHL bets:

Casino/RacetrackSports Betting PartnerLaunch DateSportsbook Name
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillJune 14Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill
Borgata SportsbookIGTJune 14Borgata Race & Sports Bar
Ocean Resort SportsbookWilliam HillJune 28William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
MeadowlandsBetfair/FanDuelJuly 14FanDuel Sportsbook
Harrah's SportsbookScientific GamesAug. 1Harrah's Sports Book
Bally's SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Wild Wild West Sports Book
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechAug. 15The Sportsbook
Resorts SportsbookSBTech; DraftKings/KambiAug. 15DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
TropicanaWilliam HillOct. 25William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City
Hard Rock ACGiGJan. 30Hard Rock Sportsbook
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