New York Sports Betting: Sizing Up NHL Future Markets for Rangers, Islanders

New York Sports Betting: Sizing Up NHL Future Markets for Rangers, Islanders
By Lou Monaco

With the NHL All-Star Weekend just concluded, the New York sports betting public looks ahead to the second half of hockey season, beginning Monday night with two games on the schedule.

Let’s look at how the New York Rangers and New York Islanders are doing in the future markets on three mobile sports betting platforms in the Empire State.

Mobile sports betting was launched in the state on Jan. 8 and currently has seven of the nine approved operators up-and-running.

Those seven are Caesars Sportsbook New York, BetMGM New York, FanDuel New York, DraftKings New York, BetRivers New York, PointsBet New York and WynnBET New York.

Before heading into the team breakdown, know that NewYorkBets.com offers a look at the best NHL betting sites in the state.

New York Rangers

The New York Rangers (30-13-4) are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division with the Carolina Hurricanes (31-9-2).

Caesars Sportsbook New York has the Rangers to make the NHL Playoffs at -180 moneyline (tied with the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and Hurricanes).

DraftKings has the Rangers to make the postseason at a hefty -2500 with 70% of the handle and 58% of the bets. To win the Eastern Conference, the Rangers are posted at +1100 with 21% of the handle and 13% of the bets, To capture the Stanley Cup, the Rangers are a nice price at +2200, having compiled 20% of the handle thus far, with 11% of the bets.

The highest ticket percentage to win the Eastern Conference is held by the Rangers at 15.1% on BetMGM, with the Rangers being the biggest liability on that specific wager.

The Rangers will have another eight days to rest, as they do not return to Madison Square Garden ice until Feb. 15 to host the Boston Bruins.

New York Islanders

The Islanders (16-17-6) opened the 2021-22 campaign with a 13-game road trip as the finishing touches of its new home arena – UBS Arena, located next to Belmont Park in Elmont – were being completed.

The Isles are sixth in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division, tied with the Philadelphia Flyers (15-22-8) at 38 points. The Islanders and Flyers are way behind in the Eastern Conference playoff race, tied for 11th with the eighth-place Bruins at 55 points.

Caesars Sportsbook has listed the Islanders, one of the final four teams remaining in the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, at +600 to make the postseason.

DraftKings has the Islanders at longer odds in three categories: +8000 to win Stanley Cup, with only 7% of the handle and 4% of bets; +4000 to win the Eastern Conference, with 6% handle and 8% of bets; and, to make the playoffs, +600 with 88% of the handle and 85% of the bets.

BetMGM has the Islanders with the third highest handle percentage at 6.7% and is second in the top three on the site for biggest liabilities, sandwiched between the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators.

The Islanders open their second half of the season the way they started it: On the road. The team kicks off a four-game road trip at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday before returning home on Feb. 17 to host the Bruins.

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Lou Monaco has been a columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas and has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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