What do the numbers say about
the 'Canes' chances?

Updated: June 4, 2002, 6:02 AM ET
By by Thom Henninger, STATS. Inc.
So, you don't give the Hurricanes much of a chance to beat Detroit in the Stanley Cup Finals? If you don't, you're certainly not alone, considering the Red Wings are the survivors of the Detroit-Colorado series that to many hockey fans was the true showdown of the NHL's best.

There are plenty of numbers to suggest that the Hurricanes are out of their league reaching this year's Finals:

* During the regular season, Carolina scored 217 goals and allowed 217 goals. The Montreal Canadiens, the East's No. 8 seed, were the only other 2001-02 playoff team that failed to score more goals than it allowed, and only four Stanley Cup champions in history have been outscored during the regular season.

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