It was just a few days ago that the Canes were riding a two-game winning streak and found themselves firmly in a wildcard spot. This might be the hardest team to figure out on this list, and that does not bode well for their playoff chances.
Moreover, it almost seems like a stigma at this point that the Canes will miss the playoffs. They’re in the midst of a potential nine season playoff drought, and that has to get to the heads of players in the locker room.
Especially for guys like Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk, that have been in Raleigh for a while, it has to be warring on them. Head coach Bill Peters needs to energize the locker room, to get things going before a tough final stretch of games.
Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and Skinner are keys to a good run down the stretch run for the Canes. The goaltending needs to improve too. The Canes take on the Chicago Blackhawks next, and then the Rangers. Those are two huge games with four huge points involved.