With the 2022-23 NHL season having passed its midway mark and the All-Star Game looming in early February, it’s a good time to revisit Stanley Cup odds on the Carolina Hurricanes.
FanDuel Sportsbook was dealing the Hurricanes as the co-second betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup at odds of +800 as of this writing. The Canes shared the same futures odds as the Colorado Avalanche, who won last season’s Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins, who entered the season at +2800, have come out of nowhere to top the NHL odds board at +500.
Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Odds
Here’s a look at Carolina’s Stanley Cup futures odds across the sports betting industry:
Carolina was leading the NHL’s Metropolitan Division as of this update. The Canes are seeking their second Stanley Cup in franchise history after taking the NHL’s top prize back in 2006.
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Canes are Legitimate Cup Contenders
Carolina bolstered its lineup with the acquisition of defenseman Brent Burns and star forward Max Pacioretty heading into the season in its bid to make another Stanley Cup run. Burns, 37, remains one of the league’s best blue-liners and leads the Hurricanes in assists with 24 helpers on the year.
Pacioretty recently returned to action after tearing his Achilles tendon prior to the season. Mad Max scored three goals in his first four games for Carolina. Unfortunately, for the Canes, he suffered another Achilles tear soon after and was relegated to injured reserved (IR).
Right wing Andrei Svechnikov, who will play in his first NHL All-Star Game next month, leads Carolina’s well-balanced offense with 19 goals. Six skaters have tallied double-digit goals including center Martin Necas, who leads the team with 41 points. Sebastian Aho has continued his typically productive ways with 17 goals, 23 assists, and 40 points.
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Goaltending has been a key component to Carolina’s success, and it’s been a group effort this season. Starter Frederik Andersen missed two months due to a lower body injury, but recently returned from IR. Andersen has gone 9-3 with a 2.40 goals against average (GAA).
Antti Raanta has played well in his absence, going 10-2-3 with a 2.63 GAA on the year. Pyotr Kochetkov also saw significant time in net, going 10-4-5 with a 2.33 GAA before being reassigned to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves after Andersen returned to the lineup earlier this month.
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Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Betting Analysis
We remain bullish on Carolina’s chances to hoist the Stanley Cup. Rob Brind’Amour has taken the Canes to the playoffs in all four seasons as head coach. At odds as low as +750, the Canes have an implied probability of 11.76% to win the Stanley Cup. Only the Boston Bruins had lower betting odds to win the Stanley Cup at FanDuel as of this writing.
That said, the Canes have plenty of competition in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Carolina holds a slim lead over the surprising New Jersey Devils in the Metropolitan Division as of this update.
The Canes have a solid nucleus of young scorers with veteran leadership along the blue line. If Carolina can continue to get solid goaltending from Andersen and Raanta, particularly in the playoffs, it has a chance to go all the way.
Carolina’s playoff run ended with a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers last season. Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin proved to be the difference in that second-round series.
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