Carolina Hurricanes Team Overview: A Guide to the Carolina Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing in North Carolina since 1997, when they relocated from Hartford, Conn., where they were known as the Hartford Whalers. They first played in Greensboro, N.C., until a new arena in Raleigh was built.

The Hurricanes have one Stanley Cup to their credit since the move: in 2006, when they beat the Edmonton Oilers in seven games. They made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002 but lost in five games to Detroit.

Carolina Hurricanes Players on Ice

Carolina Hurricanes Roster

The Carolina Hurricanes are 43-20-6 with 92 points on the season as of March 21. That ranks them second in the Metropolitan Division, fourth in the Eastern Conference, and eighth in the NHL.

GM Don Waddell has done a good job of building a young roster.

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Canes Offense

  • Center Sebastian Aho
  • Center Callahan Burke
  • Center Jack Drury
  • Right Wing Jesper Fast
  • Left Wing Jake Guentzel
  • Center Seth Jarvis
  • Center Jesperi Kotkaniemi
  • Center Evgeny Kuznetsov
  • Left Wing Brendan Lemieux
  • Left Wing Jordan Martinook
  • Center Martin Nevas
  • Right Wing Stefan Noesen
  • Center Jordan Staal
  • Right Wing Andrei Svechnikov
  • Left Wing Teuvo Teravainen

The Hurricanes rank fourth in goal differential this season at +53. As a team, Hurricanes players have 649 points cumulatively so far this season, good for fifth-highest among NHL squads.

No team got more shot attempts per 60 minutes in the National Hockey League last season than Carolina, at 70 per game. There were many nights where they just couldn't convert enough of those shots into goals. 

One of the keys for this regular season, therefore, has been getting a higher scoring percentage off their shots. So far, they've answered the call, ranking 12th in shooting percentage (10.3%).

Center Sebastian Aho continues to lead the offense with 27 goals and 48 assists so far this season. He has a lot of talented, if unheralded, teammates on the forward lines. Center Seth Jarvis is supporting Aho's scoring well thus far with 25 goals of his own. If he can get keep getting help from Jarvis and left wing Michael Bunting, Aho could easily score 40 goals, maybe 50.

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Carolina Hurricanes Defense

  • Brent Burns
  • Jalen Chatfield
  • Tony DeAngelo
  • Dmitry Orlov
  • Brett Pesce
  • Brady Skjei
  • Jaccob Slavin
  • Ty Smith

The Hurricanes have a very good defense, led by Jaccob Slavin. He might be the best defenseman you've never heard of. He's big and very smooth with the puck in his own zone, and he usually adds 30-40 points of offense a year, too.

Veteran Brent Burns is his defensive partner, and he had a fine first season with the Hurricanes after many years in San Jose. Burns is up there in years now, but he doesn't play like it. In fact, he's leading the team in time on ice per game. He's still one of the league's smartest players, at both ends. 

Carolina Hurricanes Goaltending

  • Frederik Andersen
  • Pytor Kochetkov
  • Spencer Martin

If there is one worry with the Hurricanes, it's in goal. Frederik Andersen posted just a .903 save percentage last season, well below his career average of .915. He was sidelined with blood clots from November to early March, forcing the team to turn to Pyotr Kochetkov (19 wins). 

Anderson has gone 4-0 since returning to the lineup on March 7. Through 10 games this season, his save percentage is .917. 

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Notable Carolina Hurricanes Team Players

Sebastian Aho is certainly the team's best offensive player, but there are other good scorers here too. Included are forwards such as Michael Bunting, Teuvo Teravainen, Seth Jarvis, Jordan Staal, Jesper Fast and Martin Necas.

Defensively, Jaccob Slavin and Brent Burns are the top pairing, and they have gotten plenty of ice time from coach Rod Brind'Amour. Carolina's defense has a good 3-4 pairing as well, with Brady Skjel and Brett Pesce

Pyotr Kochetkov filled in for Frederik Andersen, who was sidelined for roughly five months.

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Carolina Hurricanes Most Important Games

Games within their own Metropolitan Division will be important for the Hurricanes. Others from the Atlantic Division will be big as well, including their games against the team that vanquished them from the Eastern Finals last season, Florida.

Games in Colorado will be a big test for Carolina, but the Hurricanes have played well in Denver over the years.

  • Dec. 23 vs. New York Islanders
  • Jan. 2 @ New York Rangers
  • Jan. 5 @ Washington Capitals
  • Jan. 13 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
  • ✅ Jan. 25 vs. New Jersey Devils
  • Feb. 8 vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • ✅ Feb. 10 vs. New Jersey Devils
  • ✅ Feb. 19 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
  • Feb. 22 vs. Florida Panthers
  • Feb. 29 @ Columbus Blue Jackets
  • March 2 vs. Winnipeg Jets
  • March 9 @ New Jersey Devils
  • ❌ March 12 vs. New York Rangers
  • March 14 vs. Florida Panthers
  • March 19 @ New York Islanders
  • 📅 March 21 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • 📅 March 22 @ Washington Capitals
  • 📅 March 26 @ Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 📅 April 5 vs. Washington Capitals
  • 📅 April 7 @ Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 📅 April 16 @ Columbus Blue Jackets
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NHL Hurricanes 2023-2024 Season Outlook

It should be a very good season for Carolina. The Canes started out a fairly average 6-4 in the month of October, which impacted their early prospects. While the future appears to be bright for the Hurricanes, things can change quickly in the NHL.

The Hurricanes Stanley Cup odds have them as the 2023-24 favorites to win at +700. That translates to 12.5% in implied probability. The Hurricanes are favored because they are a young team on the rise, who made it to the Eastern Finals last season and keep taking steps to get to the promised land.

The Hurricanes have achieved at least 110 points in the last three seasons, and I don't see that changing this season, though they are on pace to finish with just over 100 points at the halfway point. This team features a lot of good, young players, who should be hungry to get to that next level.

The uncertainty around Frederik Andersen and his return is cause for some concern. Pyotr Kochetkov has stepped in well, but getting their No. 1 goalie back would be a huge boost for the Canes.

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Carolina Hurricanes Arena

Carolina plays at PNC Arena in Raleigh, which seats 18,680 for hockey. Diehard fans in North Carolina are know as "Caniacs."

How to Get Tickets to Hurricanes Games?

Tickets are available at the PNC Arena box office, ticket outlets such as Ticketmaster and StubHub, and through the team's website. The team frequently sells out, so it's wise to get in early if you can.

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Shannon Lane

Shannon Lane is a commercial editor and fact-checker for BetCarolina. She's spent the last decade working in sports media, including at NFL Media and as a reporter/fact-checker at Sports Illustrated. She covers everything NFL football to give North Carolina sports betters the best information on the Panthers and other NFL teams.

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