NHL betting is a great way to make the hockey action even more exciting and the league is embracing New Jersey’s entry into online sports betting with sportsbooks popping up right inside the Devils’ home arena. Devils fans can now wager right inside the William Hill Sports Lounge or Caesars lounge at the Prudential Center or from the comfort of their own home on their computer or mobile device.
NHL betting differs slightly from football and basketball because the scores are much lower and so are the margins of victory. But hockey betting is growing in popularity and the rise of prop bets offered by sites like FanDuel will only amp up the excitement. The only requirement is that you have to be inside the state and over 21 to place a bet, so what are you waiting for?
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How to Bet on Hockey Odds
NHL odds are similar to the NFL and NBA when it comes to moneylines and point totals but unlike the other sports, there is no varying point spread. Each game is set on a -1.5 puck line. That means a favorite on the puck line must win by 2 or more goals in order for your bet to win while an underdog, whose odds will always be +1.5, can lose by no more than one goal for your bet to pay out.
Many bets are placed on the moneyline, which determines the ratio of the payout to your initial wager. So if the Devils are a -200 favorite, you would need to bet $200 to win $100. But if the Penguins are a +125 underdog, your $100 would net you $125 if Pittsburgh wins outright.
You can also wager on the goal total with an “over/under” bet. Each sportsbook will set the combined projected goal total for each game and you can wager on whether the final score will be higher or lower than the projected total. The over/under also comes in to play on sportsbooks that offer prop bets, which allow you to bet on virtually any individual event like whether a goalie will have over or under 35 saves or whether Taylor Hall will get over or under two goals.
Where to Bet on NHL Odds
William Hill and Caesars have partnered with the Devils to bring sports betting right to the arena but you don’t even have to leave your house to get in on the action at one of New Jersey’s top hockey odds makers.
Top Atlantic City casinos have set up sportsbooks online, including the Golden Nugget, Resorts, 888 Casino, Borgata, Hard Rock, and MGM. All of these sites offer generous free bet and deposit offers that vary from site to site.
Fantasy sports giants FanDuel and DraftKings have exploded onto the scene as well and offer a highly-intuitive and user-friendly design online and on their mobile applications. If you are looking to get in on in-game and in-season bets, which allow you to bet on individual game events like who will lead the first quarter in scoring or who will lead the Metropolitan division in wins, FanDuel or DraftKings are a good place to start and offer countless options.
Betting on the New Jersey Devils
With William Hill and Caesars taking over the Prudential Center, the New Jersey Devils have gone all in on the state’s sports betting boom. This is especially great during seasons when the team may not be doing well because betting can make even the most one-sided game more interesting. Along with the basic bet types, sportsbooks like FanDuel will allow you to bet on in-game events, like individual stats, or season-long “futures” bets, like Kyle Palmieri will have over 30 goals or who will lead the Metropolitan division in saves.