The National Hockey League has been on break due to the coronvirus pandemic since March 12. As a result, we haven’t had any hockey in a while and it’s been rough. We are unsure if the regular season will return and when it does, if we’ll go right into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. So while we don’t have any games, that isn’t stopping us from taking a look at each team. Today, we’ll take a look at the Carolina Hurricanes and where they stand in the Eastern Conference, Metropolitan Division and NHL. We’ll also take a look at Stanley Cup odds and injuries.
Carolina Hurricanes record, playoff seeding, Stanley Cup odds
Points: 81 (preseason over/under: 97.5)
Place: 4th in Metropolitan Division (No. 5 overall seed in conference)
Stanley Cup odds (March 10): +2400
For a team that reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2019, the Hurricanes sure aren’t getting much respect from the book. Granted this was before the COVID-19 outbreak. The Canes are just outside the top 10 in terms of championship odds on DraftKings Sportsbook on March 10. Depending on where they are if/when the NHL returns, I don’t mind them to reach the Cup. If they make the playoffs, it’ll be a mostly even playing field with everyone on so much rest. The time off is huge for the Hurricanes’ blue line.
Dougie Hamilton and Sami Vatanen were sidelined before the League stopped play. Hamilton has already been cleared to return to action once the NHL resumes play. He was dealing with a lower-body injury that had held him out since January. Vatanen, who was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils before the Trade Deadline, had been injured with New Jersey and was recovering at the time of the deal. He’s been dealing with a leg injury and may be ready to return and make his Carolina debut.
Get this, if the playoffs started today, the Hurricanes would face the Washington Capitals in the first round again. The same Caps team the Canes stunned in the first round in 2019. After that, Carolina went on to sweep the New York Islanders before being swept by the Boston Bruins in the East Final. With Hamilton 100% and the forward group fresh and hungry, the only real question is in net. Can Petr Mrazek or James Reimer get hot enough to give the Canes a chance? Mrazek had two shutouts in last year’s playoff run. He also let in 30 goals in 11 games and had a sub-.900 SV%. Optimus Reimer has eight career playoff appearances and just one since 2013.