What’s needed for Canes to make the playoffs
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Continue strong checking play, produce 20 or more goals, provide leadership.
Having twice scored 30 or more goals in a season, he needs to do it again.
Had career highs in goals (21), assists (27) last season. Needs to top 50 points.
After resurgent offensive year (51 points), veteran needs another 50-point season.
Canes keep waiting for a breakout season when Lindholm tops 20 goals. This needs to be the year.
Needs to continue effective two-way play, be heavy on the puck, be more of threat in offensive zone.
Give the Canes strong penalty killing, provide speed on his line, be relentless forechecker.
Traded from Chicago, Finn is eager to be a top-six forward, steady point-producer. Here’s his chance.
Played with the men in Finnish elite league. Must prove he belongs with the men in the NHL.
Win the key defensive-zone face-offs and continue to be one of the penalty kill leaders.
Use his versatility to make the most of his minutes, regardless of his line.
Prove he still has game to play in NHL, provide fourth-line energy.
Without ankle injury, could have topped 50 points last season. Canes could use it this season.
Continue his steady play, continue to clean up mistakes in defensive zone.
Maintain his calm, poised play in defensive zone and look to provide more offense.
Use his speed to push the puck on breakouts and be more of a threat on the power play.
With added weight, can be stronger in the defensive end. Needs to be more accurate shooter.
Needs to stay with big club all year, give Canes another right-hand threat on blue line.
Give Canes 50 or more quality starts, prove he’s No. 1 goalie, stay healthy throughout season.
Push Ward for the No. 1 job, be as dependable as he was in playoff push by Vancouver two years ago.