New York Islanders Odds

Best New York Islanders odds at top NJ sportsbooks

The NHL’s return-to-play postseason bubble in 2020 was a fun time for the New York Islanders and their fans. The team went on a deep playoff run that was unexpected before ultimately falling to eventual Cup champion Tampa Bay in six games in the Eastern Conference Final.

2021 has been just as fun, though. The Isles played in their home arena and traveled to play opposing teams. Nassau Coliseum begun the season with no fans but the NHL and the Islanders are now hoping Isles fans will be able to send out the Coliseum in style as they make another deep playoff run.

Every one of those playoff games is available to bet on here in New Jersey along with a slew of Islanders team and player futures. Here are the best ways to bet on the Isles or bet on the NHL in New Jersey.

Best available Islanders odds

After losing franchise player John Tavares in free agency, most expected the Isles to falter. But the past three seasons are the closest they’ve been to the Stanley Cup since the 80s. Below you’ll find the best available odds for the Isles’ next scheduled game. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, create a new account and lock your bet in.

Islanders’ odds to win Stanley Cup

The Islanders won 4 straight Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983. They lost in the Cup Final in 1984. They haven’t been back since. Is this team ready to return to former glory? Below are the best available odds on the Isles to win the Stanley Cup, Eastern Conference or East Division. Simply click on the odds to go to the sportsbook and make your bet.

How to bet on Islanders games in New Jersey

Even though the Islanders aren’t a local New Jersey team, you can still bet their games here in the Garden State.

draftkings betting appFirst, make sure to be on the lookout for all of the special sign-up bonuses and promotions that can be found on this page. It’s free money; don’t pass it up. Once you’ve selected your promotion, register your account with all of the necessary credentials. Verify your identity if necessary.

Once that’s done, you can download the sportsbook app onto your phone right from the sportsbook. You can do this from out of state but you’ll need to be in New Jersey when you make your bets.

Once you’ve claimed a signup bonus, registered an account, and downloaded the app, you can now deposit money into your account. Use your credit card or bank account to add some funds to your app.

Once you are signed up and funded, there’s only one thing left to do: bet! Make sure you confirm your bet!

If you’re traveling from New York to New Jersey to place your bets, make sure your phone’s location settings realize you’re in Jersey. You need to be in NJ to place your bet, but you can track your bet and collect your winnings from anywhere.

Islanders odds vs. Vegas odds

Vegas has been setting sports lines for a long time now. Until recently, if you wanted to legally bet on sports you had to head to Sin City.

Now that sports betting is legal in New Jersey, you don’t have to fly across the country. The odds are nearly identical in New Jersey as they are in Vegas. The oddsmakers use similar models and have all of the same information, so their lines will be in sync.

Note that sometimes local sportsbooks will slightly alter the lines of the hometown teams like the Islanders to limit their risk and exposure.

NHL hockey gameIslanders live betting

The Islanders under Barry Trotz have developed a penchant for coming back to win games that they trail in. If the Islanders give up the first goal of the game, don’t be afraid to live bet on them to come back and win!

Live betting is simply betting that takes place after the game has started. The odds are adjusted based on what has happened in the game to that point. If the Islanders are losing the game, their odds will be better than they were pre-game.

If you miss the opening face off, it doesn’t mean you have to sit the game out. Get in on the action with a live bet. To take full advantage of the multitude of options provided to you with live betting we recommend using a sportsbook app. There’s no easier or more efficient way to find current odds as they change and get your bet down instantly.

Islanders prop betting

Just like other sports, hockey betting offers prop markets. A prop bet is a bet on a certain event happening during a game. Some common hockey props include:

  • Team totals: The Islanders are known for their strong goaltending and a stingy defense. You can bet on the Islanders opponent to score under 2.5 goals if you think the Isles’ reputation is deserved.
  • First player to score: The best part about the Islanders is that they get contributions from their whole team. They’re not carried by one player. Different players contribute to every game, which provides plenty of value in the “first player to score” market. If a fourth-line player like Casey Cizikas scores the first goal of the game, you can get payouts upwards of 20-1. This fourth-liner scored 20 goals two seasons ago!
  • Over/Under saves: The Islanders’ goaltending has been a strong point under coach Barry Trotz. Their goalies have made a lot of saves, so if you expect that trend to continue you can bet on Semyon Varlamov or Ilya Sorokin to go over on their total saves.

Best Islanders betting app

BetMGM Sportsbook appBetMGM has established itself as a premier sportsbook in New Jersey. BetMGM’s sportsbook app is easy to use and simple to follow.

It offers all of the major markets for every sport including hockey. Whether you want to bet on the Islanders to win the Cup or whether you want to bet every game or period individually, BetMGM gives you that opportunity.

BetMGM continues to grow and make positive changes. They also offer superb sign-up bonuses that give you a leg up when you sign up with them and start betting.

Islanders schedule 2021

The Islanders season began on January 14 against their bitter rival, the New York Rangers. This was their first of 8 games against their crosstown rivals. The Islanders play all seven teams in their division eight times each.

In 2021, the East division consisted of the Isles, Rangers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, and Buffalo Sabres.

Normally, the season begins in October and lasts 82 games with each team playing every team in the league at least twice, but the league changed the structure due to the pandemic. This new set-up will breed contempt as teams will see each other often. The season ends in mid-May. At that point, the top four teams in the division will make the playoffs.

How did the Islanders do last year?

The Islanders played 68 games before the suspension of the NHL regular season last year. They went 35-23-10 for a total of 80 points. This was good enough for 7th in the Eastern Conference in terms of point percentage.

Things got dicey for the Islanders right before the shutdown, as they had lost seven straight games and looked in danger of tail spinning out of a playoff spot. However, earlier in the season the Isles went on a 17-game point streak, a club record.

In the playoffs, the Islanders eliminated the Florida Panthers in a 3-1 series win. They then dispatched the Washington Capitals by a series score of 4 games to 1. They then eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers in a hard-fought seven-game series. Their run came to an end in the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual champion Tampa Bay Lightning, four games to two.

Brock Nelson led the Islanders in goals with 26. Mat Barzal paced the team with 60 points.

Islanders betting lines explained

Below is an example of a typical line for a hockey game:

TeamMoneyline Puck LineTotal
NY Islanders-130-1.5 (+175)Over 5.5 (-110)
NJ Devils+110+1.5 (-195)Under 5.5 (-110)

What it all means:

  • Moneyline: A moneyline bet is a bet on a team to win the game. It’s that simple. Lines are set based on the implied probability of that team winning the game.
  • Puck-Line: Hockey’s version of a spread bet. Due to the parity amongst teams and the low scoring nature of the sport, the puck-line is almost always 1.5 goals.
  • Total: Just like every other sport, the total is when you combine the total goals both teams will score in the game. Will it go over or under the number?

Islanders stats leaders

The Islanders have had some key contributions from players over the past five years. Below, you’ll see the team’s leaders in goals, assists, points, and saves over the past half-decade.

2019-20Brock Nelson (26)Mathew Barzal (41)Mathew Barzal (60)Semyon Varlamov (1168)
2018-19Anders Lee (28)Mathew Barzal (44)Mathew Barzal (62)Robin Lehner (1230)
2017-18Anders Lee (40)Mathew Barzal (63)Mathew Barzal (85)Jaroslav Halak (1583)
2016-17Anders Lee (34)Josh Bailey (43)John Tavares (66)Thomas Greiss (1327)
2015-16John Tavares (33)Kyle Okposo (42)John Tavares (70)Thomas Greiss (1107)

Who are the Islanders captains?

The current captain of the New York Islanders is Anders Lee. Lee became captain of the team in 2018, taking over for the departed John Tavares. The most important team captain in team history is Denis Potvin. Potvin was the captain of the team during the Dynasty era in the 1980s.

Here’s a list of every captain in Islanders team history:

Player Tenure
Anders Lee2018-Present
John Tavares2013-2018
Mark Streit2011-2013
Doug Weight2009-2011
Bill Guerin2007-2009
Alexei Yashin2005-2007
Michael Peca2001-2004
Kenny Jonsson1999-2001
Trevor Linden1997-1999
Bryan McCabe1997
Pat Flatley1991-1996
Brent Sutter1987-1991
Denis Potvin1979-1987
Clark Gillies1976-1979
Ed Westfall1972-1976

Islanders Draft picks

The Islanders are constantly looking for young players to bolster their lineup as they try to win their first Stanley Cup since the 1980s. Here is the notable draft picks the Isles have made over the past five seasons:

  • 2020: Alexander Ljungkrantz (3rd round, 90th overall)
  • 2019: Simon Holmstrom (1st round, 23rd overall)
  • 2018: Oliver Wahlstrom (1st round, 11th overall), Noah Dobson (1st round, 12th overall)
  • 2017: Robin Salo (2nd round, 46th overall)
  • 2016: Kieffer Bellows (1st round, 19th overall)

Islanders bench staff

Head coach: Barry Trotz

Barry Trotz became the head coach of the New York Islanders in 2018. Trotz has immediately made an impact, as the Islanders have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons under his tutelage. Trotz is a rare case, as he left the Washington Capitals in 2018 immediately after leading them to a Stanley Cup. In addition to Washington, Trotz has also coached the Nashville Predators. Trotz’s NHL head coaching record is 845-618-211.

Assistant coaches: Lane Lambert, John Gruden, Jim Hiller

Lane Lambert coaches the Islanders defensemen and penalty-killing units. Hiller coaches the Islanders powerplay. Gruden works with the Isles’ forwards.

Goalie coaches: Piero Greco, Mitch Korn

Mitch Korn is considered one of the best goalie coaches of all time, as his coaching resume includes developing a lot of top-level NHL goaltenders over the years.

Past Islanders coaches

Islanders fans have been waiting for a coach like Barry Trotz for a long time. Here are the five coaches who manned the Isles bench before Trotz took over.

Doug Weight2017-201859-49-14
Jack Capuano2010-2017227-192-64
Scott Gordon2008-201064-94-23
Ted Nolan2006-200874-68-21
Brad Shaw200618-18-4

New York Islanders home games

  • Name: Nassau Coliseum
  • Address: 1255 Hempstead Turnpike
  • Location: Uniondale, New York
  • Owner: Nassau County
  • Operator: Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment
  • Capacity: 13,917
  • Ground Breaking: January 1969
  • Opening: February 1972
  • Construction Cost: $32 million
  • Other events hosted: Basketball, Arena Football, Lacrosse, MMA, Concerts

The Islanders will be getting a new arena for the 2021-22 NHL season at UBS Arena at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Best sportsbooks/bars to watch Islander games in New York

Sports betting is not yet legal in New York, so there is no sportsbook in the arena. There is no legal place to bet on games in the area.

Nassau Coliseum is across the parking lot from a Marriott Hotel. In the basement of the hotel is a bar called Crop & Kettle. This is a common hangout spot for Islanders fans before and after games. There are a few TVs set up to watch the Islanders and other sports.

Within driving distance is a sports bar called The Green Turtle. The Green Turtle in East Meadow is located at 1740 Hempstead Turnpike. They serve appetizers, burgers, and quesadillas. They have happy hour and late-night specials as well as plenty of TVs to watch the Islanders and other sports games.

Islanders broadcasters

The Islanders are broadcast locally on MSG Network. Their games are usually on MSG Plus. MSG Networks’ broadcast market includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and parts of Pennsylvania.

Brendan Burke is entering his fifth season as the play-by-play voice for the Islanders on MSG. His color commentator is former Islanders legend Butch Goring, who has had the role since 2010. Shannon Hogan has hosted the pre-and-post game shows since 2014. A.J. Mleczko and Jennifer Botterill have provided studio and rinkside analysis for the past two seasons.

On the radio side, the Islanders are broadcast locally on Hofstra University radio and ESPN New York. Chris King handles play-by-play duties and has done so since 2010. Greg Picker has been his analyst since 2015.

How can I stream the Islanders in New Jersey?

The Islanders games are streamed on the MSG Go app. Download the app and sign in with your cable credentials to watch the Isles while on the go.

Brief Islanders history

The history of the New York Islanders franchise has gone every which way. The current owners of the Islanders are Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky. These two have provided stability to a franchise that was in desperate need of it. Before Malkin and Ledecky, the team was owned by Charles Wang. Under the ownership of Wang, the Islanders were constantly in relocation rumors and their payroll was cut. Wang was viewed as a savior when he bought the team, as ownership was even worse before him. You might have heard the story of John Spano: the man who bought the Islanders with no money and got away with it for a few months in the mid-1990s.

The proudest era in the franchise’s history in the early 1980s. The Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups, made the finals for five straight years, and won 19 straight playoff series which is a record that still stands today. That dynasty team was led by electric goal scorer Mike Bossy, stud defenseman Denis Potvin, the jack-of-all-trades Bryan Trottier and battling goaltender Billy Smith.

The Islanders moved to Brooklyn for parts of five years, but the experiment was a disaster. Islanders fans never adapted to the idea of being a city team and the team ended up returning to the Nassau Coliseum to play most of their home games by 2018. Brooklyn’s Barclays Center not being built for hockey only added to the issues. The team will play at the Coliseum until their new arena is ready in late 2021.

Islanders all-time leaders

The Islanders have had some legends wear the blue and orange crest. Here are the franchise leaders in some important categories:

  • Games Played: Bryan Trottier (1123)
  • Goals: Mike Bossy (573)
  • Assists: Bryan Trottier (853)
  • Points: Bryan Trottier (1353)
  • Wins: Billy Smith (304)
  • Saves: Billy Smith (17,075)

Islander FAQ

Who owns the Islanders?

The Islanders were purchased by Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky in 2014. They took over majority control in 2016.

How much are the Islanders worth?

According to Forbes, the Islanders are worth $520 million.

How much are Islanders tickets?

The average price of Islanders tickets is $71, but tickets can be found for as cheap as $14.

When did the Islanders move to Brooklyn?

The Islanders moved to Brooklyn in 2015, but they were back on Long Island part-time by 2018 and full-time by 2020.

Does Jay-Z own the Islanders?

No, Jay-Z is not and has never been involved with the Islanders.

What Islanders numbers are retired?

The following jersey numbers are retired by the organization:

  • 5 Denis Potvin
  • 9 Clark Gillies
  • 19 Bryan Trottier
  • 22 Mike Bossy
  • 23 Bob Nystrom
  • 27 John Tonelli
  • 31 Billy Smith
  • 91 Butch Goring

What is the Islanders Twitter?

You can follow the Islanders on Twitter at @NYIslanders.

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