5 Carolina Hurricanes players who must bring their A-Game to claim the lead in the Metropolitan

The Carolina Hurricanes are just a few points behind the New York Rangers, and a big month of February can push them closer to the division lead.

Feb 6, 2024; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) celebrates
Feb 6, 2024; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) celebrates / James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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Teuvo Teravainen should keep taking advantage of open lanes

Teuvo Teravainen’s best days may be in the rearview, but he’s performed admirably even with fewer points totals. Players like Teravainen show us that you don’t need to be a star or even one of the most notable names in the lineup to step up and help a team achieve greater heights. And his ability to convert shots into goals is why he’s on the list. 

Through 49 games, Teravainen has 30 points and 16 goals, barely nothing more than what you would expect from a player who’s not a top-tier name. But he’s also converted 17.0 percent of his shots on goal, which is currently second on the Hurricanes behind only Stefan Noesen. 

Unlike Noesen, however, Teravainen is still getting a lot of ice time, and given the way he’s been converting shots this season, he must take more of them. Even more amazing is the fact that Teravainen has not been the most prolific scorer during his career, snagging a 12.6 career-high shooting percentage in 2018-19 during his third year in Carolina. 

If Teravainen increases his output (94 shots on goal in 49 contests) and can average about 2.5 per game, this team will score a lot more. And more goals should mean more wins if the following player increases his productivity.