Carolina Hurricanes: 5 reasons playoff drought will be broken

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 10: The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with goaltender Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in a game on November 10, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 10: The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with goaltender Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in a game on November 10, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 10: The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with goaltender Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in a game on November 10, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 10: The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with goaltender Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in a game on November 10, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) /

The Carolina Hurricanes need to make the NHL playoffs this season to bring some of the fans back into PNC Arena on a nightly basis.

The Carolina Hurricanes need a good run through the rest of the November slate to start building some momentum in the right direction to make a good playoff push. Fans have heard enough about the eight season playoff drought the Canes are in the midst of.

It’s time to start looking forward at why this could be the season that breaks the longest active playoff drought in the NHL. The Metropolitan Division is going to be a tough division to crack at the top, but the Canes do have the tools necessary to make it happen.

A Nov. 10 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets moved the Canes to six wins on the season and helped build the current winning streak to two games. The Canes face a tough opponent in the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 11, at PNC Arena, with a chance to extend the winning streak even further.

Head coach Bill Peters might not be able to keep his job past the 2017-18 season if he does not lead this Carolina team to the playoffs. Former head coach Kirk Muller did not have long until Peters replaced him a few years back.

Many expected an improved Canes squad this year that had the legitimate capability of making the playoffs. For that to become a reality, the wins have to start racking up against Metro opponents. That’s why the win over the Jackets is so huge.

Here’s 5 reasons why the Carolina Hurricanes playoff drought will be broken after eight seasons.