Carolina Hurricanes: 3 keys to beating the St Louis Blues

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 03: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with Jaccob Slavin #74, Teuvo Teravainen #86 and Sebastian Aho #20 after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 3, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 03: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with Jaccob Slavin #74, Teuvo Teravainen #86 and Sebastian Aho #20 after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the third period of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 3, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /
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COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 23: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on October 23, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 23: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on October 23, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Sebastian wakes up tonight

Carolina’s superstar has been in hibernation for far too long, but it’s time for the Finnish sensation to come through to completely take over a game. It’s time for Sebastian Aho to truly be unleashed on this season. He’s been muted so far this season, so it’s time for a vintage Aho performance where he comes through and dominates as only Sebastian Aho can.

Where Aho needs to improve isn’t putting the puck in the net, it’s just dominating as only Aho can. Watch him take over a game, where every time he steps on the ice the opponent just shudders. When we talk about Aho dominating teams, we know he can do it because we have seen him do it before time and again. It’s not a tall ask for someone who was ranked in the top 20 players in the NHL this summer.

Aho has 5 goals and 7 assists so far this season for 12 points in 12 games, but this has been far from Sebastian at his best. We’ve seen him miss some absolutely golden chances that you would expct a player of Aho’s caliber to have completely taken over a game, yet Aho really hasn’t done that yet this season, and the Hurricanes are still 10-2. There’s a lot of room for Aho to grow here for Carolina.