Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Chances February 2024: Tracking the Hurricanes' Playoff Picture

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Key Takeaways:

  • πŸ“ˆ The Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup chances are 9.1%, tied for fourth among all 32 NHL teams.
  • πŸ“ˆ The Carolina Hurricanes chances to make the playoffs are 98.4% (-6000)
  • πŸ“Š The Canes rank fourth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Metropolitan Division.

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 are young, speedy and have depth from top to bottom with a hard-driving coach Rod Brind'Amour, who usually gets the most out of what he has. But things are not going as well as planned for the Hurricanes right now, as originally forecasted.

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

Still, the Hurricanes have managed a 29-16-5 overall record through February 8. Trade rumors are starting to swirl around the team, especially when it comes to the goalie position.

What Are the Hurricanes Stanley Cup Chances?

The Carolina Hurricanes' chances to win the Stanley Cup are 9.1%, according to DraftKings North Carolina. They are currently tied with the Rangers and Panthers for fourth-best chances to win the 2023-24 Stanley Cup. 

This Hurricanes playoff picture table gives you a sense of how they are tracking in the race to the Stanley Cup:

βœ… Hurricanes Make Playoffs:98.4%
🚫 Hurricanes Miss Playoffs:4.8%
πŸ† Hurricanes Win Stanley Cup:9.1%
πŸ‘‘ Hurricanes Win Eastern Conference:16.7%
πŸ™οΈ Hurricanes Win Metropolitan: 44.4%
✍️ Last Verified:February 23, 2024

After a dip in December, the Hurricanes chances to make the playoffs, win the division, win the conference and win the Stanley Cup are all trending back up. They likely have a five-game win streak from Dec. 27 to Jan. 5 to thank for that.

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

Yes, the Hurricanes have a great chance to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. Their chances are back up to 98.4%, which ranks them among the favorites to make the playoffs. 

In December, they had a 75% chance to make the playoffs and 90% chance in November.

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 Stanley Cup Playoff Chances Change Over Time

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%
⭐️ Dec. 1175%
⭐️ Dec. 1875%
⭐️ Jan. 1294.1%
⭐️ Jan. 2494.1%
⭐️ Feb. 994.1%

Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoff Chances: Key Updates February 2024

  • πŸ“… Jan. 24, 2024: The NC Lottery commission announces that North Carolina Sports Betting will launch on March 11, with pre-registration kicking off on March 1, just in time to bet on the Hurricanes Stanley Cup Odds.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 12, 2024: Goalie Pyotr Kochetkov enters the concussion protocol.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 7, 2024: The Hurricanes recall goaltender Yaniv Perets from the Chicago Wolves before reassigning him to the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) on Jan. 15.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 5, 2024: The Canes recall forward Vasily Ponomarev from the Chicago Wolves (AHL).
  • πŸ“… Jan. 4, 2024: Forward Sebastian Aho is named to the 2024 NHL All-Star Game.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 15, 2023: The Hurricanes' sportsbook partner will be Fanatics North Carolina.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 16, 2023: Carolina releases Jaroslav Halak from PTO.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 6, 2023: The Hurricanes place goalie Frederik Andersen on IR with blood clots and sign goalie Jaroslav Halak as free agent.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 23, 2023: Defenseman Brett Pesce is out 2-4 weeks after lower-body surgery.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 18, 2023: Sebastian Aho misses the Hurricanes win over the Sharks with an upper-body injury.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 10, 2023: Carolina opens the 2023-24 NHL season as Stanley Cup favorites.
  • πŸ“… July 6, 2023: ranks the Hurricanes as one of the least aggressive teams in the NHL.
  • πŸ“… June 28, 2023: The Hurricanes draft Bradly Nadeau in the first round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
  • πŸ“… June 21, 2023: Head coach Rod Brind’Amour does not make the cut for the 2023 Hockey Hall of Fame Class.
  • πŸ“… May 24, 2023: The Florida Panthers eliminate the Hurricanes from the postseason in the Eastern Conference finals.
  • πŸ“… May 11, 2023: 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, 2023: 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 January. 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 3fprom
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. 28βœ… CAR 4, PHL 1
πŸ“… Nov. 30❌ NYI 5, CAR 4 (OT)
πŸ“… Dec. 2βœ… BUF 2, CAR 6
πŸ“… Dec. 4❌ CAR 1, WPG 2
πŸ“… Dec. 6❌ CAR 1, EDM 6
πŸ“… Dec. 7❌ CAR 2, CGY 3
πŸ“… Dec. 9❌ CAR 3, VAN 4
πŸ“… Dec. 12βœ… CAR 4, OTT 1
πŸ“… Dec. 14βœ… CAR 2, DET 1
πŸ“… Dec. 15❌ NSP 6, CAR 5 (OT)
πŸ“… Dec. 17❌ WSH 2, CAR 1 (SO)
πŸ“… Dec. 19βœ… VGK 3, CAR 6
πŸ“… Dec. 21❌ CAR 1, PIT 2 (SO)
πŸ“… Dec. 23❌ NYI 5, CAR 4
πŸ“… Dec. 27βœ… CAR 5, NSP 2
πŸ“… Dec. 28 βœ… MTL 5, CAR 5
πŸ“… Dec. 30βœ… CAR 3, TOR 2
πŸ“… Jan. 2βœ… CAR 6, NYR 1
πŸ“… Jan. 5βœ… CAR 6, WSH 2
πŸ“… Jan. 6❌ STL 2, CAR 1 (SO)
πŸ“… Jan. 11βœ… ANA 3, CAR 6
πŸ“… Jan. 13βœ… PIT 2, CAR 3 (OT)
πŸ“… Jan. 15❌ LAK 5, CAR 2
πŸ“… Jan. 19βœ… DET 2, CAR 4
πŸ“… Jan. 21❌ MIN 5, CAR 2
πŸ“… Jan. 24βœ… BOS 2, CAR 3
πŸ“… Jan. 25βœ… CAR 3, vs NJD 2
πŸ“… Jan. 27βœ… CAR 3, ARI 1
πŸ“… Feb. 6❌ VAN 3, CAR 2
πŸ“… Feb. 8βœ… CAR 5, COL 2

The Hurricanes nabbed crucial wins over the New York Rangers, Vegas Golden Knights, and Toronto Maple Leafs within the last month. Carolina is currently in second in the Metropolitan Division, with 63 points.

πŸ”₯ MORE: Carolina Hurricanes vs Florida Panthers Odds

Key Contributors Toward Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Chances

Carolina has a young, very fast team that, at its best, 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 NHL All-Star 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 51 points in 42 games so far. He doubled his total goals in under two weeks (from Jan. 12 to Jan. 24).

Svechnikov is one of Carolina's best forwards and has picked up his scoring pace in the middle of the season. He now has 11 goals after starting out with just one in the first 16 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 25 points in his first 45 games.

Veteran Jordan Staal, 34, is the team's most experienced player and a leader on and off the ice. He only has five goals in his first 45 games, however.

The huge question mark about the Hurricanes is in goal, with veteran Frederik Andersen currently sidelined with blood clots. 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 North Carolina, you can bet on the Hurricanes at any of three tribal casinos in the state:

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 by March Madness 2024. 

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.

There could be up to 11 operators when online North Carolina sports betting goes live. Fanatics is likely to be your best option for betting on the Canes, as the sportsbook is the official partner of the team in North Carolina.

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

Looking Ahead: Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoffs Picture

The Carolina Hurricanes are now overwhelmingly expected to make the playoffs.

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 team has a lot of pressure on it right now, and GM Don Waddell might have to seriously consider the trade market if things don't improve quick.

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

The Hurricanes are currently in a three-way tie for the second-best chance to win the Eastern Conference at 16.7% with the NY Rangers and Florida Panthers. The Boston Bruins lead the way with a 20% chance.

Where Do the Hurricanes Rank in the Metropolitan Playoff Picture?

The Hurricanes rank second in the Metropolitan Division, with a 44.4% chance to win it. They trail the New York Rangers, who have a 53.5% chance to win the division, though the gap between the Canes and Rangers is narrowing.

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

The Hurricanes currently have a 9.1% chance to win the Stanley Cup. That is tied for fourth with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers.

Hurricanes Playoff Picture Outlook & Predictions

I'm still bullish on Carolina's chances to make the playoffs, but things truly are starting to get worrisome. 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 down.

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 48 games and make the playoffs. 

Let's see how their health is near the trade deadline and made adjustments, if needed, by then.

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.

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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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