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3 Reasons Why Hurricanes Can Win the Stanley Cup

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Any hopes that the New York Islanders had of sending the first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs back to New York ended when the Carolina Hurricanes scored twice in eight seconds on the way to a series-clinching 6-3 win on Tuesday. Six different players scored goals as the Hurricanes advanced to meet the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. When the playoffs began, the NHL odds had the Hurricanes and the Rangers as the teams with the best odds to win the Eastern Conference title.

The Hurricanes were priced at +300 by the BetUS sportsbook odds to win the series with the Islanders in five games and the only blemish was a 3-2 loss in overtime in Game 4.

3 Reasons Why Hurricanes Can Win the Stanley Cup
Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes/Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

The last time Carolina played the New York Rangers in the playoffs was in 2022, when the Rangers won in seven games to reach the Eastern Conference finals. With the Rangers sweeping the Washington Capitals in the first round, Carolina needed to finish things off on Tuesday to prevent New York from getting even more time off heading into the second round.

According to the NHL playoff odds, the Hurricanes (+400) have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup.

 

1. Scoring Depth One of Carolina’s Strengths

The Hurricanes already had a talented group of forwards before acquiring Jake Guentzel and Evgeny Kuznetsov to give Carolina two more proven playoff performers as well as a pair of former Stanley Cup champions.

They were two of the nine forwards to have at least two points in the series with the Islanders as the Hurricanes are getting production up and down its lineup.

Ten forwards on the current roster had at least 10 goals during the regular season so Carolina won’t be forced to rely on one line to do all the scoring in the playoffs.

 

2. Youth is Being Served

The top three scorers in the first round for Carolina were 22-year-old Seth Jarvis, 25-year-old Martin Necas, and 24-year-old Andrei Svechnikov. Meanwhile, the game-winning goal in the series-clinching game came off the stick of 24-year-old Jack Drury so obviously the moment has not been too big for the younger players on the Carolina roster.

Drury is now 16 game-winning playoff goals behind his uncle, Chris Drury, who is eighth in that category in NHL history.

Carolina has been led all season long by Sebastian Aho, who is still just 26 even though he already has 25 goals and 36 assists in 68 career playoff games.

Jarvis led the Hurricanes with seven points in the five games against the Islanders and tied for the series lead with teammate Stefan Noesen with three goals. He was priced at +1000 to be the top scorer in the Hurricanes-Islanders series and +700 to have the most goals in the series, according to the Las Vegas NHL odds.

It is never a bad idea to have young legs at this time of the season because the road to the Stanley Cup can be a grueling one.

 

3. Ready to Turn on the Power

Carolina was second only to the Tampa Bay Lightning when it came to converting on the power play during the regular season. No team was more successful at killing off penalties than this Hurricanes team so if games the rest of the way need to be won with strong play on special teams, Carolina could be in good shape.

While the Hurricanes scored on 33% of their power plays in the series with the Islanders, the penalty kill was a little off at times.

It is not all good news as defenseman Brett Pesce, who was second on the Hurricanes in short-handed time on ice during the regular season, is injured. Also hurt is Jesper Fast, who was sixth among Carolina’s forwards in short-handed time on ice.

A huge part of Carolina’s success is being able to roll out four centers capable of winning key faceoffs.

Jordan Staal, Aho, Drury, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi all won more than 50% of their faceoffs during the regular season. Staal was sixth in the NHL with 106 faceoff wins on the penalty kill and that will bode well for the Hurricanes moving forward.

It doesn’t hurt that Aho won 61% of his faceoffs on the power play during the regular season and he was 11-for-16 when taking a faceoff with the man advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

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Questions Of The Day

How Many Carolina Hurricanes Players Have Won the Stanley Cup?


Jake Guentzel and Jordan Staal each won a Stanley Cup when they played for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Evgeny Kuznetsov was a member 2018 Washington Capitals team that won the title

Who led the Hurricanes in scoring in the first-round series?


Seth Jarvis had three goals and four assists and he came through with one of Carolina’s five power-play goals against the Islanders. Stefan Noesen also scored three goals with one coming on the power play.

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