Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Chances November 2023: Tracking the Hurricanes' Playoff Picture

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Key Takeaways:

  • πŸ† The Hurricanes Stanley Cup chances are 9.1%, tied for fifth-highest among all 32 NHL teams.
  • πŸ“ˆ These Stanley Cup chances have stayed mostly consistent since the preseason.
  • βœ… The Carolina Hurricanes' chances to make the playoffs are 84.6%.

The NHL Carolina Hurricanes have played at better than a 110-point pace the last three seasons, but the Stanley Cup has eluded them. This team might just finally get it done, though, as they're young, speedy and have depth from top to bottom with a hard-driving coach Rod Brind'Amour, who gets the most out of what he has.

Goaltending is its big issue, though, particularly in light of starter Frederik Andersen being out indefinitely with blood clots in early November. GM Don Waddell said he has no timetable on a return, and that's a major worry.

The Carolina Hurricanes made it to the Eastern Conference finals last season and were the consensus pick to beat out the Florida Panthers for a chance to play in the Stanley Cup Final. But the Hurricanes were swept by the Panthers. They are one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season, but are out to a fairly pedestrian 12-8-0 start.

What Are the Hurricanes Stanley Cup Chances?

The Carolina Hurricanes' chances to win the Stanley Cup are 9.1%, according to DraftKings North Carolina. tied with the Dallas Stars for fifth as favorites to win the 2023-24 Stanley Cup. Carolina and Vegas are each at +1000, while Boston is at +750.

βœ… Hurricanes Make Playoffs:84.6%
🚫 Hurricanes Miss Playoffs:15.4%
πŸ† Hurricanes Win Stanley Cup:9.1%
πŸ‘‘ Hurricanes Win Eastern Conference:14.3%
πŸ™οΈ Hurricanes Win Metropolitan: 28.6%
✍️ Last Verified:November 29, 2023

The Hurricanes, along with Dallas, are tied for fifth at +1000 odds to win the Stanley Cup, behind the Bruins, Rangers, Golden Knights and Avalanche.

The Carolina Hurricanes odds to win the Eastern Conference are +600, third to the Boston Bruins (+475) and the New York Rangers (+500). The Hurricanes are the second-favorite to to win the Metropolitan Division at +250. The New York Rangers are -145.

Do the Hurricanes Have a Chance to Make the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Yes, very much so. The Carolina Hurricanes playoff chances are very much working in their favor. They currently have an 84.6% chance to make the playoffs (-550). That is down from 90%, however, two weeks ago.

Injuries hurt the Hurricanes somewhat at the start of the season, with top forward Sebastian Aho missing some games and now starting goalie Frederik Andersen out indefinitely with blood clots.

Hurricanes Week-by-Week Stanley Cup Playoff Chances

Take a look at how the Hurricanes Stanley Cup playoff chances have changed throughout the regular season so far:

⭐️ Oct. 1690.9%
⭐️ Oct. 2090.9%
⭐️ Oct. 2786.7%
⭐️ Nov. 190.9%
⭐️ Nov. 1090%
⭐️ Nov. 2884.6%

Carolina's implied probably chances of making the playoffs are 84.6%. I calculated that number based on ESPN Bet's odds of Carolina making the playoffs at -550, which translates to 84.6% probability.

Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoff Chances: Key Updates November 2023

The Hurricanes went 8-5 through their first 13 games of the season.

  • πŸ“… Nov. 16: Carolina releases Jaroslav Halak from PTO.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 6: The Hurricanes place goalie Frederik Andersen on IR with blood clots and sign goalie Jaroslav Halak as free agent.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 23: Defenseman Brett Pesce is out 2-4 weeks after lower-body surgery.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 18: Sebastian Aho misses the Hurricanes win over the Sharks with an upper-body injury.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 10: Carolina opens the 2023-24 NHL season as Stanley Cup favorites.
  • πŸ“… July 6: ranks the Hurricanes as one of the least aggressive teams in the NHL.
  • πŸ“… June 28: The Hurricanes draft Bradly Nadeau in the first round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
  • πŸ“… June 21: Head coach Rod Brind’Amour does not make the cut for the 2023 Hockey Hall of Fame Class.
  • πŸ“… May 24: The Florida Panthers eliminate the Hurricanes from the postseason in the Eastern Conference finals.
  • πŸ“… May 11: The Hurricanes defeat the New Jersey Devils in five games in the second round conference series, cementing themselves as Stanley Cup favorites.
  • πŸ“… April 28: The Hurricanes advance after beating the New York Islanders in the first round conference series.

Carolina Hurricanes Upcoming Schedule & Betting Lines

Below is the Hurricanes' schedule through the end of November. Carolina will play 82 total games this season, beginning in October 2023 and ending the regular season in April 2024. 

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 15, 2024, and go through June 16. I will update this table with final results, betting lines and future games as the season goes on.

πŸ“… Oct. 11βœ… OTT 3, CAR 5
πŸ“… Oct. 14βœ… CAR 6, LAK 5 (SO)
πŸ“… Oct. 15❌ CAR 3, ANA 6
πŸ“… Oct. 17βœ… CAR 6, SJS 3
πŸ“… Oct. 19❌ CAR 4, SEA 7
πŸ“… Oct. 21❌ CAR 4, COL 6
πŸ“… Oct. 24❌ CAR 0, TBL 3
πŸ“… Oct. 26βœ… SEA 2, CAR 3 (OT)
πŸ“… Oct. 27βœ… SJS 0, CAR 3
πŸ“… Oct. 30βœ… CAR 3, PHI 2
πŸ“… Nov. 2❌ CAR 1, NYR 2
πŸ“… Nov. 4βœ… CAR 4, NYI 3 (OT)
πŸ“… Nov. 7βœ… BUF 2, CAR 3
πŸ“… Nov. 10❌ FLA 5, CAR 2
πŸ“… Nov. 11βœ… CAR 4, TB 0
πŸ“… Nov. 15❌ PHL 3, CAR 1
πŸ“… Nov. 18βœ… PIT 2, CAR 4
πŸ“… Nov. 22βœ… EDM 3, CAR 6
πŸ“… Nov. 24❌ TB 8, CAR 2
πŸ“… Nov. 26βœ… CBJ 2, CAR 3
πŸ“… Nov. 28@ PHI
πŸ“… Nov. 30vs NYI
πŸ“… Dec. 2vs BUF
πŸ“… Dec. 4@ WPG
πŸ“… Dec. 6@ EDM
πŸ“… Dec. 7@ CGY
πŸ“… Dec. 9@ VAN
πŸ“… Dec. 12@ OTT

Carolina currently is second in the Metropolitan Division, with 24 points. That is seven fewer than the New York Rangers (31) and one more than the Philadelphia Flyers (23).

πŸ”₯ MORE: Carolina Hurricanes vs Florida Panthers Odds

Key Contributors Toward Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Chances

Carolina has a young, very fast team that possesses the puck much more than the opposition on average. The Hurricanes were the top team in the National Hockey League (NHL) last season in shot attempts per 60 minutes, at 70 a game.

Led by Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Seth Jarvis, the Hurricanes can really hem opponents in their own zone with fast, hard-checking forwards that relentlessly cycle the puck.

Carolina's best forward is Aho, a 26-year-old who scored 36 goals last season and 37 the one before. He missed a few games to injury at the start of the season, but has 17 points in 17 games so far. His goal total (five) probably needs to improve.

Svechnikov is one of Carolina's best forwards, but only recently returned to the lineup. He has nine points in his first 12 games. Veteran Jesper Kotkaniemi is out to a good start, with 14 points in 20 games.

On defense, the Hurricanes are solid as well. Jaccob Slavin is the team's best all-around defenseman who is very strong in his own zone and can add some offense at the other end too. Veteran Brent Burns still has plenty left in the tankβ€”or so it would seem after a fine first season in Carolina. Veteran defender Brady Skjei has 14 points in his first 20 games.

Veteran Jordan Staal, 34, is the team's most experienced player and a leader on and off the ice. He only has one goal in his first 20 games, however.

The question mark about the Hurricanes is in goal, with veteran Frederik Andersen coming off a mediocre season statistically, with just a .903 saves percentage. With Andersen now sidelined, the goaltending duties are left to journeyman Antti Raanta and youngster Pyotr Kochetkov.

Calling the shots in the front office are GM Don Waddell and team owner Tom Dundon.

Where Can I Bet on the Hurricanes to Make the Playoffs?

In states where sports betting is legal and in operation, hockey fans can bet on the Carolina Hurricanes at numerous operators, such as DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars Sportsbook and BetMGM.

North Carolina betting sites are legal after House Bill 347 passed through the House and Senate and Gov. Roy Cooper signed the it into law. North Carolina sportsbook apps are slated to launch as early as Jan. 8, 2024, but no later than June 14, 2024. 

There could be up to 11 operators when online North Carolina sports betting goes live. As of now, bet365 and FanDuel are the only two operators to partner with North Carolina teams, all but guaranteeing they'll go online in the state.

When sports betting does go live in the latter part of the Hurricanes' season, don't forget to check the latest North Carolina sportsbook promos before making your bets.

Looking Ahead: Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoffs Picture

The Carolina Hurricanes are expected to make the playoffs. Currently at ESPN BET North Carolina, the implied probability for them to do so is 83.3%.

The Eastern Conference, however, looks very tough this season, so nothing is guaranteed. But Carolina is a young team that keeps getting a little better every year under Rod Brind'Amour, who was named head coach in 2018. The Hurricanes may not have any true household names, but they have a lot of good, solid young players.

This looks like a team ready to take that next step to finally play for a Stanley Cup. One early red flag though: goaltending. If Frederik Andersen is sidelined for a long time, GM Don Waddell might have to seriously consider the trade market.

Where Do the Hurricanes Rank in the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture?

The Hurricanes have the third-best chance to win the Eastern Conference at 14.3%. The Boston Bruins lead the way with a 17.4% chance, and the New York Rangers rank second with 16.7% chance.

Where Do the Hurricanes Rank in the Metropolitan Playoff Picture?

The Hurricanes rank second in the Metro Division to win it, with a 28.6% chance. The New York Rangers currently have a 59.2% chance.

Where Do the Carolina Hurricanes Rank to Win the 2024 Stanley Cup?

The Hurricanes currently have an 9.1% chance to win the Stanley Cup. That is tied for fifth with Dallas and ranks behind Boston, New York, Vegas and Colorado.

Hurricanes Playoff Picture Outlook & Predictions

I'm very bullish on Carolina's chances to make the playoffs. Can they win a Stanley Cup? Sure, but there's a long way to go and a lot to prove still. The goaltending must get better, and that was what I thought before Frederik Andersen went out.

The Hurricanes are a well-coached and managed team, with a dedicated NHL fan base in Carolina and many winning seasons in their history since moving from Connecticut when they were the Hartford Whalers. I'm going to predict the Hurricanes win at least 50 games and win the Metropolitan Division. 

Let's see how their health is by the playoffs, but if there are no more huge injuries and Andersen can come back, I can easily see this team going to the Cup Final.

Who to Root for if You’re a Carolina Hurricanes Fan?

If you're a Hurricanes fan, you want their division rivals to lose. That includes any team (especially teams from the Atlantic Division and the Western Conference) that plays the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Flyers, Islanders, Capitals and Blue Jackets.

After getting swept in the Eastern Finals, 'Canes fans want to see the Florida Panthers lose a lot too.

Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoff Chances FAQs


Adrian Dater writes about the Hurricanes for The longtime NHL writer spent 25 years at The Denver Post, 20 of which as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche.

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