New Jersey Betting Fans Hopeful for Better Days Ahead for Devils

New Jersey Betting Fans Hopeful for Better Days Ahead for Devils
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The New Jersey Devils finished a thoroughly disappointing season with a record of 27-46-9 (63 points), which meant seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, just two points better than the last-place Philadelphia Flyers.

It also placed them 14th of the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference, better than only the Flyers and the woeful Montreal Canadiens (55 points).

That didn’t invoke any kind of security for New Jersey bettors.

What can people interested in New Jersey NHL betting apps expect from the oddsmakers next season?



It’s Been a Dismal Decade

In the 2011-12 season, the Devils made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in six games. Since then, New Jersey has been consistently near the bottom of the league.

The Devils have qualified for the playoffs just one time in the past 10 years and have finished in last place in their division four different times.

Under third-year head coach Lindy Ruff, the Devils do have some young talent that showed significant signs last year.

That includes rookie center Dawson Mercer, who played all 82 games. There also is center Jack Hughes and left winger Jesper Bratt, who led the team in goals with 26 apiece, followed byleft winger Yegor Sharangovich (24) and captain and center Nico Hischier (21).

The Devils very much need some kind of consistency at goaltender. They used seven goalies in all last season, mostly Mackenzie Blackwood (24 games), Nico Daws (23) and Jon Gillies (14). Another goalie, Jonathan Bernier, is currently on injured reserve.

With the NHL Draft just six days away, look for the Devils to strengthen and add depth to many key positions.

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Odds On High Side for Next Season

After the Colorado Avalanche clinched this season’s Stanley Cup title on June 27, BetMGM NJ Sportsbook immediately released future odds for the 2022-23 season and New Jersey is yet again near the bottom.

The Devils are currently at +6600 to win the Stanley Cup, tied for 21st place (among 32 teams) with the Flyers and Winnipeg Jets. Colorado is at +450 to repeat, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs (+850) and Tampa Bay Lightning (+900).

New Jersey is at +4000 to capture the eastern Conference title.

Caesars Sportsbook New Jersey is a little higher on the Devils, posting +6000 odds, which places them tied for 20th. Caesars also has Colorado (+400) as the favorite, followed by Toronto and Tampa Bay (both +900).

In the Eastern Conference, Caesars has the Devils at +3000 to win the Eastern Conference. 

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NHL Draft Held July 7-8 in Montreal

The NHL Draft will take place on July 7-8 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

The Devils will have nine selections, highlighted by the No. 2 pick in the first round of the seven-round, 225-player draft. The other selections include No. 37 (Round 2), No. 70 (R3), No. 102 (R4), No. 110 (R4 from New York Islanders), No. 126 (R4 from Edmonton Oilers), No. 141 (R5 from Columbus Blue Jackets), No. 166 (R6) and No. 198 (R7).



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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