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Carolina Hurricanes NHL Betting

The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to build off their first playoff appearance since 2009. Carolina made it to the Eastern Conference Finals after a strong second-half push, beating defending Stanley Cup champions Washington in seven games in the first round before sweeping the New York Islanders in the conference semifinals. They fell to the Boston Bruins in four games in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the offseason was a success after Carolina kept its core intact.

Despite a somewhat uncouth move by Montreal, the Hurricanes held onto Sebastian Aho over the summer, matching the Canadiens’ offer sheet. They also kept Petr Mrazek as their starting goalkeeper, and they are looking to build off of last year’s success.

Carolina Hurricanes at a Glance

Stanley Cup Odds: +4000

Eastern Conference Odds: +2000

It took a while for Carolina to get it going last year, but when the Hurricanes turned it on, they came on like a freight train. Sebastian Aho had an incredible season as a 21-year-old, posting 83 points and a +25 plus/minus, and both Teuvo Teravainen and Brett Pesce ended the year with plus/minus numbers of +30 or higher.

Captain Justin Williams was the heart and soul of the team. Williams was the third-leading point scorer with 53 points last year, and he was fantastic through the first two postseason series. However, he came apart against Boston, and the team unraveled as a result. That’s something the Hurricanes must overcome.

Carolina Hurricanes NHL Playoffs

The Hurricanes were just barely in position to make the postseason when the regular season came to a screeching halt. That means they will be placed into the qualifying rounds of the playoffs, where they will take on the New York Rangers in a best-of-five series. Carolina went 0-4 against New York in the regular season, so the Hurricanes will need to figure out a way to stop the Rangers. They surrendered a total of 17 goals in those four games.

Sebastian Aho proved to be worth every penny for the Hurricanes this year. Carolina had to play with their salary cap somewhat after Montreal signed Aho to a ludicrous offer sheet, but the Hurricanes ended up matching much to the chagrin of the Canadiens. Aho has delivered with a team-high 38 goals and 66 points, scoring on an impressive 18.4 percent of his shots.

Fellow Finn Teuvo Teravainen has been excellent too. Teravainen leads the team with 48 assists, as he continues to come into his own. He never saw much action in Chicago, but he has flourished in Charlotte and likely would have notched 70 points in a full season.

Carolina’s issue has been its goaltending. Petr Mrazek’s 2018-19 campaign was clearly an aberration as he is struggling like we saw in Philadelphia and Detroit. James Reimer hasn’t been much better, so that’s a major concern for the Hurricanes entering this postseason. For Carolina to make a deep run like they have in their last three playoff appearances, the goaltending must considerably improve given the talented goal scorers in the East.

Last Five Seasons

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2018-19 46-29-7 Conference Finals
2017-18 36-35-11 Did Not Qualify
2016-17 36-31-15 Did Not Qualify
2015-16 35-31-16 Did Not Qualify
2014-15 30-41-11 Did Not Qualify

Carolina Hurricanes History

The Carolina Hurricanes were born as the Hartford Whalers in the former and now defunct World Hockey Association, a rival league to the NHL. They played in Hartford from 1972-1997 before moving to Carolina due to Hartford not being able to construct a new arena. Poor fan support plagued this franchise in its early years, but the 2006 Stanley Cup championship made them popular with fans known as “Caniacs.”

However, the team didn’t have much success on the ice after winning the Stanley Cup. Carolina made it to the postseason just once prior to last year, but the Hurricanes advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals in their first year under former star Rod Brind’Amour. They stunned the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in the first round after being 80-1 underdogs to win it all in the preseason, and they followed that up with a sweep of the New York Islanders before being swept by the Boston Bruins.

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