Devils Out, Flyers In: What Are The Stanley Cup Odds For NHL’s Restart?

With the NHL restart in the works, NJ sportsbooks updated the Stanley Cup odds in quick fashion. DraftKings and FanDuel have the Flyers as favorites to win.

What a range of fortune.

New Jersey sports betting fans see varied implications for their favorite NHL clubs in the league’s newly-announced 24-team Stanley Cup tournament.

The New Jersey Devils barely missed entry. The Philadelphia Flyers, who command a passionate southern New Jersey gambling base, were hockey’s hottest team before the COVID-19 season stoppage on March 12.

And in the NHL return to play plan, it’s the Flyers who have emerged as a Stanley Cup frontrunner.

Philadelphia is guaranteed to advance past the opening round and holds futures odds of +850 at FanDuel Sportsbook. The Flyers opened at +1100 on Tuesday and represent the biggest percentage move among early FanDuel bettors.

The New York Rangers, at +4000, and the New York Islanders, +4200, barely reached the tournament and have the longest road to the Cup.

But at least they reached the dance, as the regular season was pronounced over and this new format will provide a league champion. It will replace the classic 16-team post-season with start dates contingent upon COVID-19 related protocols.

NHL betting at FanDuel Sportsbook

Although a couple of hub cities must be selected and the tournament probably won’t start before late July, bettors have already dropped the wagering puck.

Sportsbooks will offer 24 futures betting interests rather than the usual 16. FanDuel posted all of them moments after Tuesday’s announcement to return.

And there was immediate futures action. Besides the Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins moved noticeably, to +1800 from +2000.

As of Wednesday, the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup co-favorites at +600.

Next comes the Colorado Avalanche at +800 and the Vegas Knights at +850.

Stanley Cup odds: Where to find the best value

Value is everywhere.

The Washington Capitals, who captured their first Cup two years ago, are +900. The defending champion St. Louis Blues, well along on their patented second-half surge before the shutdown, are +1100.

The Dallas Stars were +1500 and the Pittsburgh Penguins at +1800.

The most remote teams on the board are the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens, both +10000 (100-1).

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DraftKings NHL odds: Flyers are still frontrunners

At DraftKings, Tampa Bay has emerged as the Cup favorite of +650. Boston follows at +700. The Flyers are +1000.

The Rangers and Islanders are in the longshots pack, +4000, and the Chicago Blackhawks have the most remote odds, 75-1.

Like all sports in the COVID-19 Comeback Age, betting has an interesting twist. Especially with futures. There won’t be a home-ice advantage, per se.

But teams will get comfortable playing in the same arena for several games.

The devil is in the details…

Fans of the New Jersey Devils are, of course, frustrated, as the team missed the cutoff to participate by a mere couple of games.

This was truly a case of bad luck. The Devils, at 28-29-12 for 68 points in 69 games, completed two fewer contests than the final team selected.

The Montreal Canadiens, 31-31-9 for 71 points, played 71 of the 82 scheduled contests and finished with a percentage of .500 to gain the final tournament berth.

Under normal tie-breaking procedures, the teams would play the same number of games and the Devils would have the chance to surpass the Canadiens in winning percentage.

But this is light years away from normal.

The cutoff had to appear somewhere to salvage a season halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Devils nonetheless exceeded seasonal expectations. They enjoyed a 6-2-2 streak before the break. They were easily going to hurdle the previous season total of 72 points and most likely fall short of a playoff berth had the season played out.

Flyers putting it together

Further down the New Jersey Turnpike, the Flyers are enormously popular with southern NJ sports bettors.

They enjoyed a rebirth season with improved defense and the subtle inspiration of new coach Alain Vigneault.

Philadelphia sizzled before the break, ripping off a 9-1 tear and looking like an elite Cup contender. Vigneault, who guided the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014, has been a perfect fit for this team.

Philadelphia was on pace to exceed 100 points and had already shattered its 82-point mark from last year.

This is a team on the rise. Philadelphia started the season at higher than 30-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup at all major sportsbooks. That has been reduced to single digits at FanDuel.

The Flyers looked poised to join Boston and Tampa Bay as a top Eastern Conference team before the break.

At worst, the Flyers are a player or two away from being a Stanley Cup winner. At best, this could be the year.

Their late-season surge was rewarded. The Flyers reached the opening round-robin tier as the fourth-seeded team and are guaranteed to advance into another round.

Philly has the fourth seed behind Boston, Tampa Bay, and Washington. The four teams will play a round-robin of three games to determine seeding for the next round.

If clubs finish with the same record in the round-robin, ties go to the highest-seeded team.

Rangers and Islanders in the qualifying round

The four round-robin teams then meet the four survivors from the following qualifying round, which involves both the Rangers and Islanders:

NHL Best-of-five qualifying round

#5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #12 Montreal Canadiens

#6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. #11 New York Rangers

#7 New York Islanders vs. #10 Florida Panthers

#8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. #9 Columbus Blue Jackets

The Rangers and Islanders were scuffling for playoff spots, jumping in and out, before the break.

The Islanders, with 80 points, were slightly under-achieving from a 103-point 2018-19 season. The Rangers, with 79, had already eclipsed last year’s total of 78 points and still had 12 games left.

The round-robin teams and qualifying round survivors comprise the eight teams in each conference that move on. St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas received the Western Conference top seeds.

Betting On The Match: DraftKings Sportsbook Has A Freebie Waiting For You

The Match will see Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning team up against Phil Mickleson and Tom Brady. As a bonus, DraftKings Sportsbook has a free live bet offer.

The Match: Champions for Charity is taking place on Sunday at 3 p.m.

So is the pick Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning or Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady?

Call it this weekend’s hot NJ sports betting debate.

To make it even more enticing, if it isn’t already, DraftKings Sportsbook has a free bet offer available for the event.

The Match and a DraftKings free bet

New and existing customers can take advantage of the promotion. So if you don’t have the DK Sportsbook app, download it and complete the registration process.
A small deposit is required to cover this promotional offer. Existing players already know the routine.
Now that the basics are out of the way, the rules are simple.
Wager $20 on any market for The Match and earn a $20 free live bet to use during the event.
Here are some other general guidelines:
  • Users have the option of placing multiple bets to reach their qualifying total.
  • Wagers require minimum odds of -250 or longer (e.g. -200, +150, etc.).
  • Once a customer places $20 or more in qualifying bets, they will receive a $20 free offer to use live during The Match.
  • Live bets and parlays are included.
  • Free bets, cash outs, voided wagers, and odds boosts are excluded from the initial $20 wager.
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NJ betting options for The Match

The NJ sports betting crowd will see several pages of potential wagers. Match line, or moneyline, is as basic as it gets.

The line on Woods and Manning is -225 while Mickelson and Brady is +180. Bettors who place a $20 wager on one of these pairings will earn the free live bet.

There are props and hole specials, too.

Here is a small sampling of what DraftKings has on the board:

  • Leader after 15 holes
  • First to go 2 up
  • Hole in one in the tournament (yes +5000 is the only option)
  • Hole on which The Match will be won

And here are the odds for  which team will win the first hole:

  • Tie -137
  • Woods/Manning +250
  • Mickelson/Brady +335

Breaking down The Match betting so far

DraftKings is tracking the betting action leading up to the match.

As of Tuesday, Woods and Manning had 53% of the handle while Mickelson and Brady were getting 54% of the bets.

Switching gears to the longest tee shot, Brady is generating 61% of the handle, but only 27% of the wagers. Woods is getting 34% of the bets.

Manning/Woods are attracting 89% of the handle for the back nine winner versus 9% for Mickelson/Brady. The other 2% has money down on a tie.

But no matter what the final tally is, Woods, Manning, Mickelson, and Brady are playing for COVID-19 charities.

So as the pro sports calendar slowly starts to fill up, The Match is an occasion where everyone involved will come out a winner.

This includes DraftKings Sportsbook customers taking advantage of a free bet.

DraftKings Sportsbook’s #FreeToBetDay May Be Over, But You Can Still Get A Free Bet

DraftKings Sportsbook once again celebrated #FreeToBetDay with its customers on Thursday. PASPA being overturned set the groundwork for NJ sports betting.

DraftKings Sportsbook considers yesterday, May 14, a big occasion.

Good luck trying to find Free To Bet Day on the regular calendar.

This is the Boston-based company’s way of celebrating the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) being overturned. May 14, 2018, is the exact date.

All customers received a free wager valued at $5.14. Get the significance?

And while #FreeToBetDay is over, DraftKings is still offering a free bet of up to $100 for inviting friends to the sports betting party.

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It is true, that the majority of sports are still sitting on the sidelines, but there are plenty of options:

Breaking down the free betting action

DraftKings Sportsbook tracked how customers used the free wagers by handle and bets.

In terms of sports, even the suddenly popular table tennis was drawing action. Here is a closer look at the breakdown:

And, in terms of teams, the Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champions, ranked first in handle and bets.

However, the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers cracked the top 10, too.

DraftKings Sportsbook and NJ sports betting history

When talking about NJ sports betting history, DraftKings has played a major role.

This is the same brand that built a following with its daily fantasy sports product. However, in August ’18, DK launched the first legal betting app in the Garden State.

Sixteen others have followed, with more likely coming.

Two years later, DraftKings regularly finishes second to FanDuel Sportsbook in the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement’s monthly revenue figures.

Of course, April numbers were not so hot.

DraftKings Casino, on the other hand, is benefiting from these uncharted times in sports wagering. The operator accounts for a large portion of Resorts Digital‘s $16.1 million in April internet gaming revenue.

But the New Jersey launch set the foundation for bigger plans.

The DraftKings Sportsbook app is now available in:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Indiana
  • West Virginia
  • New Hampshire
  • Iowa

And as of this month, it is also available in Colorado. 

So, Free to Bet Day is only getting bigger by the year. Remember to circle May 14 on your 2021 calendar and until then, invite some friends to the popular sportsbook app.

An NJ Sports Betting Story Featuring QB Nick Foles And The Chicago Bears

Nick Foles will compete with Mitch Trubisky to be the Chicago Bears Week 1 starter. NJ sportsbook, DraftKings, is offering odds on the QB competition.

Nick Foles is one of those names that Philadelphia Eagles fans will never forget.

The quarterback led the Birds to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

The Chicago Bears recently traded for Foles, and the expectations are high.

And DraftKings Sportsbook customers can wager on whether or not Foles will be named the Week One starter.

He is competing with Mitch Trubisky. 

Here are the current odds:

  • Foles -159
  • Trubisky +125
  • Tyler Bray +6000
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Nick Foles + Mitch Trubisky, by the numbers

The offseason quarterback debate serves as a distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic news.

The NFL Draft is the only major NJ sports betting event taking place this month.

So, why not start talking about Foles?

He will be focusing on turning things around following a disappointing season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Foles missed significant time after going down with a broken clavicle in Week One.

When the veteran returned in November, he had limited time before being replaced by rookie Gardner Minshew. In four games, Foles threw for 736 yards and three touchdowns.

Eagles fans, however, are well aware of his talents. In Super Bowl 52, his totals included 373 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one Philly Special.

Of course, Trubisky is fighting to remain the starter. In 15 starts for the Bears, he tallied 3,038 yards and 17 touchdowns (along with 10 interceptions).

So, the line is set. Now it comes down to who wins the job in training camp.

Chicago Bears + team futures at NJ sportsbooks

If and when Foles is named the starter, winning games will be the true measuring stick.

The Bears are coming off an 8-8 season in which they missed the playoffs.

DraftKings has released win totals for all 32 teams. The Chicago line is 7.5 victories.

As far as winning the NFC North goes, here are the odds:

  • Packers +125
  • Vikings +210
  • Bears +350
  • Lions +800

Bettors also can wager on whether the team will make the postseason.

“Yes” is +163. “No” is -200.

Since we are talking about random futures, Chicago is +1500 to win the NFC (Philadelphia is +750).

The Super Bowl line is +3300.

Is Nick Foles comeback player of the year?

Getting back to Foles, the ’19 season can be written off as a bad year.

Some will blame it on the injury. Others will say the Jags were a bad fit.

Regardless, the quarterback is getting a fresh start. And it means he is a candidate to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Yes, it will require winning the starting job and putting up strong numbers.

But this wager may be an attractive one for Foles fans. The line is +4000, and he has some stiff competition.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is at +2000.

Here are some of the favorites:

  • Ben Roethlisberger +400
  • J.J. Watt +400
  • Mathew Stafford +500
  • A.J. Green +600
  • Antonio Brown +700
  • Derwin James +1100
  • Cam Newtown +1400

So, those looking to bet on the next chapter of Foles’ career have options.

No matter what happens, Philly will never forget him.

DraftKings Announces 2020 March Madness Bracket Contest

It’s that time of year when college basketball takes center stage with the ultra-popular March Madness tournament. Whether you’re an NCAA basketball fan or not, you have most likely filled out a bracket in your lifetime.

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And once again, DraftKings Sportsbook is jumping on the bandwagon with their very own 2020 March Madness Bracket Contest.

Register at DraftKings to get into the action in 2020. There’s literally no reason not to try it.

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DraftKings will offer a number of different promotions for March Madness betting, but the easiest one to get into is their bracket contests.

Sure, your odds of getting the perfect bracket are only one in 9.2 quintillions, but you don’t have to be perfect here.

DraftKings March Madness Brackets

DraftKings March Madness Contest

Players in NJ will compete for a prize pool of $100,000!

  1. Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app for iOS or Android
  2. Register for an account using THIS EXCLUSIVE LINK
  3. And get ready for Selection Sunday
  • Once they know who the 68 teams in the field are, you’ll have until Thursday, March 23rd (the start of the Round of 64) to enter your bracket.
  • That means you’ll have to pick every single game all the way through to the final.

DraftKings will award prizes for the best overall bracket – even if it’s not perfect.

Free-to-Enter March Madness Contest

Anyone in the US can join the contest and compete for their share of $64,000.

  • Players across the country can access and fill out their brackets through iOS or Android devices.
  • Bracket access is also available using THIS EXCLUSIVE LINK.

Second Chance Bracket

Since nailing the March Madness bracket is as difficult as it gets, DraftKings Sportsbook will also be offering up contestants another free bracket contest called the Second Chance Bracket.

If you happen to get a few picks wrong for the Round of 64 games or there are some wild upsets that ruin your bracket, you’ll be able to re-join with a second chance entry.

This prize pool still offers up a $16,000 jackpot, so make sure you participate.

Other March Madness Contests & Promos

The fun doesn’t stop there as DraftKings Sportbook is going to offer a number of other ways to spice up the action.

Here’s a taste of the other options on the board for you:

Big Game Squares

For this contest, all you have to do is select a square and it’s yours for the game. It’s like the Super Bowl squares but for college basketball. There will be a $54,000 prize pool for this contest.

Big Game Props

For this promo, every time you bet $10 on the NCAA Tournament, you’ll be entered for your shot to win $200,000. Also, for every $50 in props that you bet on will earn you back $10 worth of free bets.

Odds Boosts

Keep an eye on the DraftKings promos sections as they’re sure to have all sorts of different March Madness odds boosts for the NCAA Tournament. That might include better betting odds for futures or game lines.

Betting Lines, Live Betting

DraftKings will feature spreads, moneylines, totals and props on every single game of the NCAA Tournament, including live betting on all of the contests too.

If you do your homework and sift through the lines, you’re bound to find some good value on the games.

Slam Dunk: DraftKings Teams With The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers

DraftKings partnership deal with the Philadelphia 76ers will “enhance” the user experience while bringing NJ sports betting fans closer to the team.

The Philadelphia 76ers may have been relatively quiet at the  NBA trade deadline.

A much bigger deal, however, unfolded last week when DraftKings Sportsbook announced a multi-year partnership with the franchise.  The arrangement includes the use of official team marks and logos along with various branding options.

More specifically, DraftKings is now the exclusive and official Daily Fantasy Sports partner of the 76ersas well as a sportsbook and online casino partner.

The franchise already has a partnership with Fox Bet, so the exclusive wording does not apply outside of DFS.

The bigger picture centers around enhancing the DraftKings’ user experience and bringing sports fans closer to their favorite NBA team.

The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics signed similar deals.

More on the DraftKings + 76ers deal

The NBA deals may be separate, but the mission behind them is the same.

Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at DraftKings, explains:

“The NBA represents DraftKings’ second-most-popular sport, and we are thrilled to offer our fanbase a continually unique and authentic sports gaming product.

“Each of these partnerships represents a common strategy and stresses the importance of NBA teams and DraftKings’ place on fan engagement and overall customer experience.”

The Boston-based company and the Sixers will work together on traditional marketing and promotional opportunities. But there are additional Philly-centric offerings, too:

  • VIPs will be offered a  “Court of Dreams” excursion allowing them an all-access, inside look at the 76ers’ training complex.
  • Season tickets and suites for hospitality and promotional use

Philadelphia 76ers president Chris Heck said it “marks a new, exciting chapter in the long-standing relationship between two of the sports industry’s most innovative companies.”

Heck said that once again they are “raising the bar” in the sports partnership space.

“The 76ers are proud to continue to stand alongside DraftKings as we together create and amplify expanded and differentiated opportunities for fans to engage with our team, dynamic players and sport.”

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Expanding NJ sports betting reach

By teaming with the 76ers, DK extends its NJ sports betting reach.

The DraftKings Sportsbook app is available on both sides of the Delaware River. The NJ version, however, includes the brand’s online casino.

Plus, the timing of deal coincides with the announcement of a record January in terms of NJ sports betting revenue.

Add to the fact that NJ online casino revenue came in at $55 milliona new all-time mark – and the deal makes even more sense.

Of course, these numbers don’t even factor in the number of NJ DFS customers. And many of them have crossed over to the other products.

According to DK:

“About an astounding 40% of all DraftKings bettors have placed a wager on an NBA game.”

In terms of how many are picking the Sixers to win the Atlantic Division (+1,000), well, that’s another story.