Carolina Hurricanes clinch NHL Central Division title

Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) and Andrei Svechnikov (37) congratulate teammate...
Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) and Andrei Svechnikov (37) congratulate teammate Sebastian Aho (20) on his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, May 3, 2021.(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Published: May. 7, 2021 at 10:09 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WMBF) - The Carolina Hurricanes have stormed their way to a division title.

Carolina clinched the top spot in the NHL’s Central Division by virtue of the Dallas Stars’ 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

The Hurricanes have totaled 80 points in 54 games and now can’t be overtaken by the second-place Lightning with less than a week left in the regular season.

It marks Carolina’s first division title since the 2005-06 season, the same in which the team captured its first and only Stanley Cup.

The Hurricanes will face the division’s fourth-place team in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Carolina joined the Central Division as part of a re-alignment for the NHL’s shortened 2020-21 season.

No start date has been given for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the NHL extended its regulars season to May 19 due to COVID-related postponements in other divisions.

Carolina closes out the regular season on the road against the Nashville Predators with games on Saturday and Monday.

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