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SportA Cinderella Story: Hurricanes are now Stanley Cup betting favorites

23:00  29 april  2019
23:00  29 april  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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A Cinderella Story: Hurricanes are now Stanley Cup betting favorites© Mike Stobe / National Hockey League / Getty

After taking the first two games on the road to open their second-round series against the New York Islanders, the Carolina Hurricanes have been given the best odds of winning the Stanley Cup, according to Jeff Sherman of SuperBookUSA.

The three other conference semifinal series are deadlocked at one game apiece.

The Hurricanes finished the regular season as the Eastern Conference's first wild-card team before upsetting the defending champion Washington Capitals in the opening round.

Luke DeCock: Despite lead, Hurricanes still have yet to adjust to a very different series

Luke DeCock: Despite lead, Hurricanes still have yet to adjust to a very different series You need only to look at the scorelines - a goal scored about every half-hour - to see how different this series is from the last. Where the Washington Capitals offered time and space, the New York Islanders offer none. Where the Hurricanes were able to beat the Capitals with quantity over quality, they have taken a 2-0 lead over the Islanders with quality over quantity.

Despite barely squeaking into the playoffs, the Hurricanes boasted some of the league's most favorable possession metrics throughout the course of the regular season, and that has continued into the postseason.

Carolina also opened the 2018-19 campaign as a +6000 long shot to win the Stanley Cup after missing the playoffs in nine straight seasons, according to Bovada.

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