The Capitals lost 3-0 to Phoenix on Wednesday as the Coyotes' Brian Boucher became the first NHL goalie since 1949 to record four consecutive shutouts.
Washington outshot Phoenix 27-19, marking the first time in 10 games the Capitals had more shots than their opponent and the first time in 37 games they held their opponent to 20 or fewer.
"We obviously ran into a hot goalie," Washington's Mike Grier said. "We had a terrible first period, and we put ourselves behind the 8-ball again."
The loss dropped Washington 15 games below .500 for the first time since 1982, when it finished the season 26-41-13. The Capitals have scored just eight goals during their 0-6-1 slide.
Peter Bondra returned after missing four games with a groin injury, but the Capitals placed Dainius Zubrus on injured reserve Wednesday with a broken foot. They also recalled winger Alexander Semin, who had been with Team Russia at the World Junior Championships.
The Hurricanes are coming off Thursday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, their second straight victory following a three-game losing streak.
Josef Vasicek, who had not scored a goal in 18 games, had two, and Kevyn Adams added another for Carolina, which had not scored three goals in a game since Dec. 9.
"He's a big guy that's got some talent," coach Peter Laviolette said of Vasicek. "It was nice to see him get on the board tonight. He picked up his game."
The Hurricanes are 6-5 since Laviolette replaced Paul Maurice as coach last month.