Carolina Hurricanes 2024 Stanley Cup Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off another stellar regular season that ended in playoff disappointment. Carolina was again found lacking when it mattered most. There are few organizations as well-run as Carolina; part of that is how clean the team’s cap sheet is. That allowed the Hurricanes to get high-impact players in free agency in Dmitry Orlov and Michael Bunting. Orlov is one of the best defenders in transition this league has, making Carolina’s already stacked defense corps even more dangerous. As for Bunting, he perfectly fits the team’s forechecking M.O. and has a proven track record of augmenting star talent on the top line. He should be a perfect fit next to Sebastian Aho.
2024 Stanley Cup Betting Odds
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Lines
The Carolina Hurricanes are 52-21-9 straight up and 35-45 over/under the total. Also, Carolina was 1st in the Metropolitan Division standings. In the Eastern Conference playoff race, New Jersey was one point behind the Hurricanes. Carolina had NHL rankings of 15th for goals scored and 20th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Hurricanes had NHL rankings of 2nd for goals against and 2nd for penalty killing.
First among Carolina scorers was Sebastian Aho with 36 goals, 31 assists, 67 points, and a +8. Goaltender Frederik Andersen has a .903 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average. His record was 21-11-1 with one shutout.
Head coach Rod Brind'Amour has propelled the Hurricanes to solid success throughout his five years behind the bench, reaching the postseason in each campaign and appearing twice in the Eastern Conference finals. Being a former player himself, it seems like Brind'Amour can work seamlessly with almost anyone GM Don Waddell throws into the mix, and his ability to keep Carolina as sound defensively as they are an offensive threat is part of what has made his tenure so successful. Even after the disappointment of a playoff sweep by Florida in the Hurricanes' most recent conference finals stop, Brind'Amour should be nowhere near shaky ground in Carolina.
Carolina did lose some good players in Max Pacioretty and Shayne Gostisbehere along the way. Still, there should be little doubt that Bunting (because he can stay healthy) and Orlov are significant upgrades.
The Hurricanes took care of business in free agency. First, they re-signed both Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta to stabilize the club's goaltending for another year or two after inking captain Jordan Staal to a long-term pact that will help buoy the bottom six. Then Carolina reeled in the open market's top defenseman, Orlov, and one of the better available forwards, Bunting, on prudent contracts in terms and money.
Honestly, there wasn't much else Carolina needed to do to position itself well for another run at an Eastern title next season. The Hurricanes are rightly in win-now mode but hardly desperate to fill major gaps. The team's even-keeled approach should pay off nicely.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
||Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Panthers)
||Lost in Second Round, 3–4 (Rangers)
||Lost in Second Round, 1–4 (Lightning)
||Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Bruins)
||Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Bruins)
Carolina Hurricanes History
Founded as the New England Whalers in the upstart World Hockey Association in 1972, the franchise moved to Carolina in 1997. Carolina won the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.
In their first several years in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Hurricanes were like aliens in a different world. North Carolina is a college basketball country with generations of fans following the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hockey was always a minor league sport played in small arenas, followed by smaller die-hard fan cults. Thus, the Hurricanes' marketing and ownership had an arduous task of drawing interest. As is the case with any major sport, winning is the best marketing plan.
In their fifth season, the Hurricanes made the Stanley Cup Final, drawing interest from fans who thought ice was for their drinks when watching college basketball. And then, in 2006, Carolina won the Stanley Cup to entrench themselves in the state firmly. However, a lackluster period from 2007 through 2018 in which the Canes made the playoffs only once killed interest. Fortunately, Tom Dundon bought the game in 2018 and has ignited a franchise renaissance. Dundon is the type of unconventional owner that has proven to be the perfect match for an unconventional market.
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