The Carolina Hurricanes have been a team on the rise in recent years, with exciting young talent and a solid core of veterans leading the charge. However, despite making it to the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, the Canes find themselves once again on the brink of an early exit from the postseason.

This is a familiar situation for Carolina, as they have struggled to get over the hump in the playoffs in recent years. Despite strong regular seasons and a talented roster, the Canes have been unable to make it past the first or second round of the playoffs, falling short in heartbreaking fashion year after year.

So what is holding the Hurricanes back from postseason success? There are a few key factors at play. For one, the team has struggled to find consistent scoring outside of their top line. While players like Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and Teuvo Teravainen have provided plenty of offensive firepower, the team has lacked secondary scoring from their depth players.

Additionally, the Hurricanes have struggled with injuries in key moments, losing key players at critical times during the playoffs. This year, the team has already been hit hard by injuries, with key defenseman Jaccob Slavin and forward Nino Niederre