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Number To Know — Oct. 6, 2014

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The Hurricanes playoff drought is well-documented. Today’s Number To Know shows how close — or not close — Carolina has been to the postseason.

Eric Staal has been a clutch playoff performer during his career, but he's only reached the postseason twice in his nine NHL seasons.
Eric Staal has been a clutch playoff performer during his career, but he's only reached the postseason twice in his nine NHL seasons.
Jamie Kellner
Number To Know

8.6 — Average number of points Carolina has missed the playoffs by the past five seasons. The Hurricanes had their best chance in 2010-11, finishing just two points behind the Rangers for the final spot in the Eastern Conference. The lockout-shortened 2012-13 season produced a 13-point gap from eighth place. In each of the past three seasons, the Canes have missed the playoffs by at least double digits: 10 in both 2011-12 and last year, to go along with 2012-13. In the other season during their drought, 2009-10, Carolina finished 11th with 80 points, eight out of the final spot.