Do The Carolina Hurricanes Fit the Mold of Past Stanley Cup Champions?

Do The Carolina Hurricanes Fit the Mold of Past Stanley Cup Champions?
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The Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoffs position is set. They are the No. 2 seed from the Metropolitan Division and play the New York Islanders in a first-round rematch from last year.

The Canes lost their regular-season finale Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets to finish with 111 points. Last year, they finished with 113 points, but their Stanley Cup run ended in the Eastern Conference Finals after the Canes lost four straight to the Florida Panthers.

Can the Hurricanes weather the storm they expect to face over the next two months and win the second Stanley Cup title in franchise history? BetCarolina.com decided to investigate the Stanley Cup champions from the 10 most recent 82-game seasons to see what their average win-loss percentage and average point total were during the season. Based on this, the Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup odds are amazing as they are out-performing past winners with a .642 win-loss percentage and 111 points.

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10 Years of Stanley Cup Winner’s Records

Season Team W-L% Points
2022-2023 Vegas Golden Knights.622111
2021-2022 Colorado Avalanche.683119
2018-2019 St. Louis Blues.54999
2017-2018 Washington Capitals.598105
2016-2017 Pittsburgh Penguins.610111
2015-2016 Pittsburgh Penguins.585104
2014-2015 Chicago Blackhawks.585102
2013-2014 Los Angeles Kings.561100
2011-2012 Los Angeles Kings.48895
2010-2011 Boston Bruins.561103

2023-24 Hurricanes Performance

W-L% Points
.634 111

Average Stanley Cup Champion’s Performance

Avg. W-L% Avg. Points
.584 104.9

Come Thursday, when the regular season concludes, the Hurricanes might find themselves with the second-best record in the NHL. The only problem is that the team with the league’s best record, the New York Rangers, sit atop the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers will have home-ice advantage as long as they’re in the playoffs, meaning they would host four games in a potential second-round matchup against the Hurricanes.

Oddsmakers Like Carolina’s Cup Chances

Despite not owning the league’s best record, the Hurricanes are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to oddsmakers at BetMGM North Carolina sportsbook. Coach Rob Brind’Amour’s team has odds of +650 to hoist the cup in June.

Caesars Sportsbook North Carolina feels similarly, making the Hurricanes its favorite at +625.

As the table above shows, the team with the better regular-season record does not always win in a best-of-seven playoff round. Sometimes, teams get hot at the right time (or cold at the worst). Sometimes, an injury impacts a team, or a goalie carries his team through a series.

The Hurricanes certainly qualify as a hot team. No NHL team has a better record than their 32-9-3 mark since Jan. 1, and they finished the regular season winning seven of their last 10. However, the Islanders, who were six points back of the playoffs just three weeks ago, are 8-1-1 in their last 10. Their 4-1 win against the New Jersey Devils Monday clinched their second consecutive playoff berth and fifth in the previous six seasons.

Game 1 of the seven-game series between the Isles and Canes is scheduled to start Saturday evening at PNC Arena in Raleigh. FanDuel North Carolina sportsbook has the Hurricanes as the -350 moneyline favorite to win the game. The Hurricanes have -152 odds on the 1.5-goal puck line (meaning they would need to win by two goals to cover). The Islanders, who may be without star defenseman Noah Dobson, are +275 on the moneyline and +124 on the puck line (meaning they would cover if Carolina wins by only a goal).

At bet365 Noth Carolina sportsbook, the Canes are -350 favorites to win the first-round series, while the Islanders’ odds are +275.

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