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2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Betting Information Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds

The Carolina Hurricanes are in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.  That is quite an NHL betting turnaround from 2007 through 2018 when they made the playoffs once.  What is the difference?  A good case can be made that the change agent is owner Tom Dundon.  Dundon is good friends with NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.  In like manner to Cuban, Dundon marches to his own drummer.  When he took over the Hurricanes, attendance and TV ratings declined.  He understood the Canes had to win but also pay the bills.

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Betting Information

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm ET
Location: TD Garden Boston, MA
TV Coverage: ESPN

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Hurricanes +1½ ( -235 ) 5½ ( -123 ) +115
Bruins -1½ ( +195 ) 5½ ( +103 ) -135
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Carolina Hurricanes Odds to Win the Stanley Cup:  +1125 

 

Hurricanes Have Seen Stanley in Their History

Founded as the New England Whalers in the upstart World Hockey Association in 1972, the franchise moved to Carolina in 1997.  At the onset, the Carolina Hurricanes were like foreigners.  North Carolina is college basketball country.  In comparison, hockey was always a minor league sport played in small arenas with tiny die-hard fan cults.  Thus, the Hurricanes’ marketing and ownership had a lot of work in finding support.

Specifically, management learned that winning is the best marketing plan.  In their fifth season, the Hurricanes made the Stanley Cup Final.  As a result, betting on NHL interest started to grow rapidly.  And then, in 2006, Carolina won the Stanley Cup to entrench themselves in the state firmly.

CashBet Wagering Analysis – Hurricanes Do It Dundon’s Way  

Unlike franchises like Toronto, which have layers of personnel, the Hurricanes combine roles.  In short, Carolina operates successfully at a fraction of the cost.  The entrenched NHL Conclave of Clods sneered at Tom Dundon’s changes.  They are no longer laughing now.  Boston is a popular and historic online sportsbook brand that generates a lot of support.  In comparison, the Hurricanes have not gained a foothold with casual gamblers. 

All Times Eastern

Game 1:  May 2 – Bruins 1 at Hurricanes 5

Game 2:  May 4 – 7 p.m. – Bruins at Hurricanes – ESPN

Game 3:  May 6 – 7 p.m. – Hurricanes at Bruins – TNT

Game 4:  May 8 – 12:30 p.m. – Hurricanes at Bruins – ESPN

Game 5:  May 10 – TBD – Bruins at Hurricanes – TBD

Game 6:  May 12 – TBD – Hurricanes at Bruins – TBD

Game 7:  May 14 – TBD – Bruins at Hurricanes – TBD 

By The Book – Hurricanes Quietly Dominate and Produce Profits

Overall, Carolina had a pro hockey betting record of 53-20-8 and 36-41 over and under the total.  Carolina was 28-8-4 and 15-25 over and under the total on home ice.  In comparison, the Hurricanes were 25-12-4 and 24-17 over and under the total on the road.    Carolina had NHL metrics of 9th for goal scoring, 12th for power-play efficiency, 1st for goals allowed, and 1st for penalty killing.

Hurricanes Use Less is More Approach  

Carolina has been vindicated for playing even better after players such as Doug Hamilton departed.  And the money saved was plowed back into the roster for players that were just as effective.  Carolina uses the conventional hockey betting style of defense and goaltending to succeed.

Head coach Rod Brind’Amour has a philosophy of creating offense by forcing opponents into mistakes.  Last year Brind’Amour was the Jack Adams Award winner.

Center Sebastian Aho led the Hurricanes with 37 goals, 43 assists, and a +18 this season.  Consider that Aho has been a 30-goal scorer in three of the last four seasons.

Additionally, further support came from right-wing Andrei Svechnikov.  In 2021-22 Svechnikov had 30 goals, 39 assists, and a +19.  It was his best season in four NHL seasons.

Defenseman Tony DeAngelo was the top Carolina defenseman in 2021-22.  DeAngelo scored ten goals with 41 assists and a +31. Previously, DeAngelo played four seasons for the New York Rangers.  He arrived at Carolina this year.  Specifically, DeAngelo produced the best season of his career.

Number one goaltender Frederik Andersen had an excellent first season for the Hurricanes.  Last year he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played for five seasons.  This year Andersen improved his save percentage from .895 last year to .922.

Sharps love Carolina for its NHL gambling combination of quality and anonymity.  Above all, they see the Canes as a consistently reliable betting value.

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