After reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time ever last season, Carolina has the fewest wins in the league with 20 its 55 points are only one better than Atlanta. Columbus owns 58 points, the fewest amount in the Western Conference.
The Hurricanes on Sunday dealt veteran defenseman Glen Wesley to Toronto for a second-round pick in the 2004 draft. Last month, Carolina dealt right wing Sami Kapanen to Philadelphia, and other veterans could move before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
Kevin Weekes has posted back-to-back shutouts as Carolina has won consecutive games for the first time since December 20-22. The Hurricanes have not won three straight since November 29-December 3.
Weekes came up with 22 saves and rookie Rick Bayda scored with 3 1/2 minutes remaining as Carolina posted a 1-0 victory over Minnesota on Friday. Bayda has provided a spark of late, registering three goals and six assists in his last 12 games.
Columbus capped a five-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary on Saturday. Sean Pronger and defenseman Rostislav Kresla each scored for the Blue Jackets whose offense has been slumbering.
The Blue Jackets scored four times in the second period of a 5-4 overtime victory over Vancouver on March 6. Outside of that period, they have scored just 13 goals in their last 11 games.
Columbus has lost five straight on the road, where it is 7-22-33-1.
Carolina posted a 4-2 victory over Columbus on November 30. Eric Cole scored twice and Arturs Irbe made 25 saves.