With Gov. Andrew Cuomo now on board with online sports betting, it looks like New Yorkers will soon be able to bet on the NHL online right here at home. In the meantime, you can bet on the NHL at retail sportsbooks in New York and conveniently online in neighboring states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
If you support local New York-based NHL teams like the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, or Buffalo Sabres or are a fan of nearby NHL clubs the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, or New Jersey Devils, here’s how you can get in on NHL betting online right now.
Included is a live feed of latest NHL odds at NJ online sportsbooks plus easy-to-follow instructions for setting up a new betting account, downloading a sportsbook app and betting on those NHL odds online.
Below you’ll find the latest puck lines, moneylines, and totals for every NHL game available at New Jersey and Pennsylvania online sportsbooks. These are real-time odds posted at NJ and PA online sportsbooks. Use the drop-down menu on the right to toggle between NJ and PA.
On the second tab is an NHL futures feed showing the odds for every team to win their conference, division, or Stanley Cup. Plus, it includes the NHL betting odds on the league’s top players to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. Click on any odds to open a new account, claim your free bets or bonus, and start betting on the NHL.
You can’t bet on the NHL online in NY just yet, but Gov. Cuomo has indicated the state will soon get legal online and mobile sports betting.
In the meantime, you can easily download a sportsbook app, open an account and manage it for any number of NJ or PA online sportsbooks while you’re here in NY. Then, it’s just a matter of crossing the state line into NJ or PA to place your bets online.
Of course, you can also place bets on the NHL at retail sportsbooks inside the commercial and tribal casinos in Upstate NY, but nothing beats the convenience of betting online.
If you’re in New York City, taking the PATH subway, Port Authority Bus, Penn Station train, or driving yourself across the George Washington Bridge or through the Lincoln Tunnel will get you to NJ faster than you’ll make it to a retail sportsbook upstate.
If you’re already upstate, the PA state line might be a shorter drive than a local casino.
Either way, online betting in NJ and PA may be your best bet while you wait for NY sportsbooks to go online.
DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the best betting apps for NHL wagering and it’s available in both NJ and PA.
Since there’s a retail DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort & Casino near Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y., you can expect it to be one of the first online sportsbooks to launch in NY as well.
DraftKings supports moneyline, puck line, totals, 60-minute line, parlay, grand salami, futures, prop and live in-game hockey betting.
You can open up a betting account with an NJ or PA online sportsbook from here in New York. You can also deposit funds in your account from here. The only thing you need to go to NJ or PA for is to place bets with the account.
You simply need to complete the signup process with the PA or NJ online sportsbook of your choice and deposit funds into your account to start the process. After that, you’ll be ready to take a trip to the state line. As soon as you’re verifiably across it, you can bet on anything you like, including your favorite NHL teams.
Just click on one of the sportsbook links on our top list. It’ll take you to the NJ or PA online sportsbook website where you can register for an account from wherever you are with just a minimal amount of personal information.
You’ll also be able to download and install that sportsbook’s mobile app using the download link for Android or iOS devices you find on the website. After downloading and installing the app you can also register there.
No matter where you choose to register, you may be asked to enter a bonus or promo code. You’ll find those on our top list too. Entering it will ensure you get the best bonus you can from the PA or NJ sportsbook.
Of course, if you go the app route, you may also be asked to download and install a geo-location app. This is how sportsbooks make sure you’re in NJ or PA when you place bets. Go ahead and install that so they’ll be able to verify when you’re in and out of the state and can or cannot place bets.
After that, you just choose from one of the many deposit methods available to fund your account. These will likely include everything from credit and debit cards to online banking, payment processors, and Pay Near Me, which is available at 7-Eleven and CVS locations.
Once you have an account and it’s funded, head for the state line. Once you’ve crossed it, you’ll be able to bet on all the NHL action your heart desires.
NHL live betting takes NHL game viewing to the next level by allowing you to bet on games you’re watching at odds that change with the action on the ice.
It’s mostly betting on the same lines you bet on pregame at changing odds, but there’s an increased number of props too. It’s a fast, fun, and exciting way to bet on the NHL, but it’s hard to do without a mobile sports betting app. That’s because the lines change so fast, mobile sports betting apps are the only way to get a bet down quick enough.
Just click on one of the sportsbook links on our top list. Download and install that sportsbook’s mobile app using the download link for Android or iOS devices. Then, register for an account, make a deposit and you’ll be able to live bet NHL games.
If you take a New Jersey Transit train from Penn Station you can get off as early as Secaucus and use a mobile device to bet on NHL games from there. You can do the same using the PATH Subway stations in Newark, Hoboken, Harrison, and Jersey City.
If you’re in New York City and want to go to a place where you can watch NHL games and bet on them, NJ retail sportsbooks are an option. The New Jersey retail sportsbooks closest to NYC include:
NJ sports bars and an NJ sportsbook app on your phone are a great option as well.
From Times Square, Mickey’s Bar & Grill, Best Sports Bar in Jersey, is just through the Lincoln Tunnel and a short drive over to 601 Riverside Ave. in Lyndhurst, N.J.
Knockout Sports Bar & Grill is also just through the Lincoln Tunnel and a short drive over to 4 Market St in Passaic, N.J.
Plus, you can always take a short road trip down to Atlantic City. You can bet on NHL games at the eight other NJ sportsbooks inside AC casinos, including:
Of course, if you’re in upstate or western NY, and closer to the PA border, PA online sports betting is your best option.
Head south on Interstate 81 and you’ll be in Scranton, PA, in no time. Or, a drive west on the New York State Thruway will get you to Erie, PA, Any local sports bar in either spot and a PA mobile sports betting app on your phone will work.
The Madison Square Garden Company, the owner of the New York Rangers, has a partnership with DraftKings making it the team’s exclusive daily fantasy sports and betting partner.
This appears to be the only sports betting partnership with any one of the three NHL teams in NY state, also including the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres.
Want to bet on the New York-based NHL teams? Here’s a little about each of the three teams based in New York state and their current prospects:
New York Rangers are one of the NHL’s Original Six teams. The Rangers play home games at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.
The team won Stanley Cups in 1928, 1933, and 1940. They struggled for the next 20 years but enjoyed a renaissance in the 1970s, where they made the Stanley Cup finals twice and lost.
The Rangers returned to glory winning their fourth Stanley Cup in 1994, led by captain Mark Messier. They struggled again through the early 2000s but became competitive again when goaltender Henrik Lundqvist came aboard. The Rangers reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014, but lost and have been rebuilding since then.
The New York Islanders have been in Uniondale, New York since the early 1970s. The Islanders still play home games at Nassau Coliseum there, but the team is expected to move into the newly constructed $1.5 billion UBS Arena in Elmont, New York, next to the Belmont Park race track, in 2021.
The Islanders made the playoffs for 14 straight years starting with the team’s third season. They won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983. Those teams were all led by Hockey Hall of Famers Al Arbour, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Bill Torrey, and Bryan Trottier.
The Islanders have struggled ever since, although a run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2020 provided new hope for the future.
The Buffalo Sabres have been in the NHL since 1970. The Sabres have played home games at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY since 1996 and the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium before then.
Two Sabres teams have made the Stanley Cup Finals. They lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. That makes the Sabres the longest active NHL franchise to have never won a Stanley Cup, along with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Sabres haven’t made the playoffs in almost a decade but young stars Jack Quinn and Jack Eichel show promise.
A typical NHL betting line might look like this:
The first set of numbers you find is the puckline. The odds are in brackets beside it. Puck lines are usually around a goal or goal and a half, but alternatives are almost always available at different odds.
Here, betting the Rangers means you can only win if they win by at least two goals. However, betting on the Islanders gets you a win if they win outright, and a push, if they lose by a goal, force overtime, or the game goes to a shootout. The odds here make the Rangers -1 the underdog bet and pay $120 for every $100 bet. The odds also make the Islanders +1 the favorite and you have to bet $140 to win $100.
The second set of numbers is the moneyline and as you can see, while the Rangers are puck line -1 underdogs, they are moneyline favorites to win the game outright.
Here, betting the Rangers means betting $135 to win $100, plus your bet back. In the meantime, betting the Islanders moneyline means you can win $115, plus your bet back, for every $100 you bet.
The final set of numbers is the totals line. The odds are in brackets beside it. Here, you bet that the total score will be more or less than 5.5 goals. The half a goal means there’s no rush.
Bet the over, and if the teams combine to score six or more goals, you’ll win $100, plus your bet back, for every $130 bet. On the other side, you can bet the under, and if the teams combine to score five or fewer goals, you’ll win $110, plus your bet back, for every $100 bet.
If you’re just getting started betting on the NHL it’s a good idea to focus on the basics first. Here are three NHL bets we consider best bets for beginners:
Win in regulation bets, also known as the 60-minute line, is a bet on a team to win in regulation time. That means overtime and shootout wins don’t count. It’s an alternative to the standard moneyline bet, which pays off no matter when a team posts the win.
Because it’s typically harder to win in 60-minute regulation time, you’ll get a better price on the 60-minute line than the standard moneyline. That makes the win-in-regulation bet a good way to get a better price on a big moneyline favorite, reducing the amount of cash you’ll have to lay. It’s a good bet for beginners, but one you need to be careful with since so many NHL games got to OT and this bets a loser in those, no matter who wins.
Stanley Cup futures are good bets for beginners, particularly in the offseason or early in the season. That’s because there are no true odds on favorites to win the Stanley Cup before the playoff picture is set and teams are still figuring out their identity. That means the prices are good, even on the teams who figure to be the real contenders.
Good futures prices mean the chance to win a lot for just a little when the offseason, early-season, and mid-season underdogs defy the odds to win the Stanley Cup, just like the St Louis Blues did in 2019. One fan dropped $400 on the Blues to win it all at 250-1 odds when they sat at the bottom of the standings mid-season. He won $100,000 when they turned things around and won the Stanley Cup. Even beginning NHL bettors are capable of getting lucky like that in the Stanley Cup futures market.
Picking moneyline and puck line winners require in-depth research into the teams involved in a game. However, bets against both teams scoring might not, and the odds they pay are generally better. Just look for games where one or both teams have hot starting goaltenders, or games involving teams who have been playing well defensively. You can get anywhere from +450 to +800 on a bet against both teams scoring, even in these games, making it a decent bet.
These bets are a little more advanced than the basics. However, they are bets that can be made with only basic research and offer big paydays when they come in, making them great bets for beginners.
While you’re waiting for NY lawmakers to approve online and mobile betting inside the state you may be tempted to bet on the NHL with offshore and illegal betting apps promising to take bets from New Yorkers.
Do it, and you’ll be taking a huge risk and missing out on the advantages betting in a legal and regulated environment provides.
Betting with sportsbooks that are regulated and licensed in US states means betting in a safe, legal, and state-regulated environment. You can place bets with confidence knowing if something goes wrong there’s a government regulator you can turn to for help. That’s simply not the case with offshore and illegal sportsbooks.
Your money is safe and your personal information secure when you bet with legal and regulated sportsbooks in PA and NJ. The same will be true when they come to NY, but you’ll always be taking an unnecessary risk with both when you bet with illegal offshore sportsbooks.
Sports betting is enough of a gamble already without adding the risk illegal offshore sportsbooks force you to endure. Stick with the safer, legal, and regulated option instead.
NHL game lines will open up the same everywhere from retail sportsbooks in Upstate New York to PA and NJ online and mobile sportsbooks and swanky sportsbook lounges inside Las Vegas casinos.
However, they may be a little different by the time the puck drops in the opening faceoff.
Lines move independently, which means they might move at one sportsbook and not another, based on the amount of money bet on either side of a line at that particular sportsbook.
Local interest in local teams drives betting. That means more money is more likely to be bet on local teams at local sportsbooks, making local sportsbooks more likely to move the lines on these local teams.
That’s why, for example, the Vegas odds on the New York Rangers game may start the same as the Rangers line at your favorite NJ online and mobile sportsbook, but end up different by game time.
New York State has produced dozens of NHL players. Here’s a look at the top ten all-time NY born NHL stat leaders, listed in order of games played:
|Mathieu Schneider||1969 NYC||1289||223||520|
|Todd Marchant||1973 Buffalo||1195||186||312|
|Dustin Brown||1984 Ithaca||1189||301||356|
|Joe Mullen||1957 NYC||1062||502||561|
|Brian Gionta||1979 Rochester||1026||291||304|
|Craig Conroy||1971 Potsdam||1009||182||360|
|Patrick Kane||1988 Buffalo||979||392||637|
|Nick Foligno||1987 Buffalo||914||199||270|
|Lee Stempniak||1983 West Seneca||911||203||266|
|Erik Cole||1978 Oswego||892||265||267|