How Will Carolina Fare Against the Capitals?
Posted by: Charlie Smith
It goes without saying that most NHL betting fans are avid hockey fans, but it takes a special type of hockey fan to check out while playing the sport they love. Alan Thicke, beloved actor and NHL enthusiast, is one person who gets that honorary title. The Canadian passed away Tuesday at 69 years of age while playing hockey with his 19-year old son, Carter. Thicke suffered a heart attack and was transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank around noon. Ultimately Thick passed away, but he did so in the most Canadian way possible, playing ice hockey.
The news of a person passing while playing hockey certainly inspires professional hockey players. After all, getting paid to play a sport you love is not something every person gets to experience. One team that could use a motivational boost is the Carolina Hurricanes who, as online sportsbook fans will remember, haven’t qualified for the postseason in 7 years.
The 2008-09 NHL betting season marked the last time that the Carolina Hurricanes made the playoffs. Since then the Hurricanes have only posted 3 winning seasons and Carolina’s management has had no choice but to make 2 changes at the head coaching position; going from Paul Maurice to Kirk Muller before settling on Bill Peters. In his first season at the helm (2014-15) Peters led the Hurricanes to a 30-41-11 record, 8th place finish in the Metropolitan Division and a 14th place finish in the Eastern conference. In his second year Peters was able to show some improvement and led Carolina to a 35-31-16 record as well as 6th place finish in the division and 10th place finish in the conference. In the end this subtle improvement was not enough to convince the best hockey betting sites of the Hurricanes impending success and at the start of the season Carolina faced some pretty daunting odds; have they been able to overcome them?
As things stand now the Carolina Hurricanes are sitting on a 12-11-6 record so it looks like Carolina is more or less living up to the predictions made by the NHL betting odds. However, it’s still early in the season and the Hurricanes have plenty of time to prove who they truly are. On Friday, December 16th, Carolina will get an opportunity to prove themselves against a pretty talented team, the Washington Capitals.
This upcoming Friday, Washington will make the trip down to North Carolina to face off against the Hurricanes at the PNC Arena. This will mark the 2nd time both teams face each other this season, with the Hurricanes coming out on top of the first contest 5-1. However, the Capitals will be coming into this contest with a 4-game win streak and will be looking to keep the good times rolling.