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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RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 7: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates for position on the ice in the corner during an NHL game against the Florida Panthers on November 7, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 7: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates for position on the ice in the corner during an NHL game against the Florida Panthers on November 7, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

1. Sebastian Aho will heat up soon

November was around the time that Sebastian Aho really got hot during his rookie season in 2016-17. Yet, few expected Aho to get off to as slow of a start as he has so far. Through 14 games, Aho does not have a goal.

Yet, just because Aho does not have a goal does not mean he’s not been productive. With one assist on one of Staal’s goals against the Jackets, he tallied his eighth of the year. He’s still setting up his teammates just fine.

If the Canes are to make some noise in the Eastern Conference, both Aho and Skinner are going to have to lead this offense. The Canes need more production from their best players on the attack. It just has not been there yet in a reliable fashion.

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The 24 goals that Aho scored last season should still be matched by his production this season. He’s going to have to get going soon. A lot of his production is reliant on his line mates, Staal and Teuvo Teravainen who need to step up also.