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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WINNIPEG, MB – OCTOBER 14: Head Coach Bill Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on from the bench during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on October 14, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB – OCTOBER 14: Head Coach Bill Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on from the bench during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on October 14, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /

5. Bill Peters is steadily improving this team

The Canes are not a team used to getting off to fast starts. In fact, this is one of the best starts for Carolina in the past decade. Whether that ultimately means good things is yet to be seen. We’re only 14 games into an 82 game season.

Moreover, the Canes have played the least games of anyone in the NHL. That is a big reason why Carolina finds itself in last place in the division. Rattling off four or five straight wins at least would bring the Canes back into the playoff picture early in the season.

After taking over for Muller, Peters switched a lot of things around with the culture of this team. With the help of general manager Ron Francis, the Canes added a lot of young talent to build around and everything was in place for a good run deep into the playoffs.

The progression is hard to see on a nightly basis and Peters does need to continue to have his squad prepared for every game. Sometime the Canes come out lackadaisical in road contests. Most would say that is normal, though.