RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes have played themselves into the thick of the Eastern Conference race on the strength of winning streaks.
The Blue Jackets saw their eight-game streak snapped in a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, but they will have the chance to recapture the feeling against the Hurricanes on Monday.
"It's contagious," Columbus forward Nathan Horton said. "You come to the rink and you know you're going to win. That's the good feeling about winning. When you lose after a long streak, you want to get back on the horse and in the win column."
The Hurricanes are riding a stretch of three in a row, but they also have a five-game winning streak under their belts from Dec. 31-Jan. 9. Hurricanes captain Eric Staal feels there is no substitute for stringing wins together.
"It's huge," Staal said. "Not only in-game, but from game to game, it's momentum. When you have it, you want to keep it as long as you can. We've got a good vibe going right now. It's about keeping that ball rolling."
Columbus defenseman Cody Goloubef will make his season debut, replacing David Savard, who is out with an illness for the second straight game.
Here are the projected lineups for Carolina and Columbus.
Nick Foligno - Ryan Johansen - RJ Umberger
Boone Jenner - Artem Anisimov - Nathan Horton
Matt Calvert - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
Derek MacKenzie - Mark Letestu - Corey Tropp
Jack Johnson - James Wisniewski
Ryan Murray - Nikita Nikitin
Fedor Tyutin - Cody Goloubef
Scratched: Tim Erixon
Injured: Marian Gaborik (broken collarbone), Jared Boll (ankle surgery), Blake Comeau (knee sprain)
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra - Nathan Gerbe
Tuomo Ruutu - Riley Nash - Radek Dvorak
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles
Mike Komisarek - Jay Harrison
Scratched: Brett Bellemore
Injured: Patrick Dwyer (lower body), Cam Ward (lower body)