The Carolina Hurricanes look to make up some ground in the crowded Metropolitan Division race when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Carolina has won nine of its last 12 games and Columbus 12 of its last 16 to sit in a pack of six teams within five points of each other in the division. The Blue Jackets had their eight-game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss at Buffalo on Saturday, but they stretched their winning streak against the Hurricanes to seven games with a 3-0 triumph on Jan. 10.Columbus is averaging almost four goals over the last nine contests and its power play was 7-for-22 over five games before it was shut out at Buffalo. Captain Eric Staal has collected seven points over the last five games as the Hurricanes totaled 20 goals after being shut out in two straight. "As far as we'r e concerned, we have to keep our foot on the gas," Carolina forward Manny Malhotra told the Raleigh News & Observer.TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), FSN (Carolina)ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (26-21-4): Columbus looks to rebound from an off-night at Buffalo in which it allowed only 22 shots on goal but went 0-for-4 with the man advantage while surrendering two short-handed tallies. Sergei Bobrovsky's nine-game winning streak was halted after he was pulled in Buffalo. Center Ryan Johansen was kept off the scoresheet for the second straight game at Buffalo, but the 21-year-old leads the team with 19 goals and 37 points.ABOUT THE HURRICANES (23-19-9): Eleven different players had at least a point as the Hurricanes rolled over Ottawa 6-3 on Saturday. Carolina plays five of its final six games before the Olympic break at home. "I just think it's the brand of hockey that we're playing - a structured, detailed type game," Staal told the News & Observer regarding the team's hot stretch. Staal leads Carolina with 42 points while defenseman Andrej Sekera has recorded a career-high 30 points and a plus-6 rating.OVERTIME1. Carolina LW Jeff Skinner has cooled off with one goal in seven games,but still leads the team with 22.2. Columbus D Ryan Murray, the second pick in the 2012 draft, has seven points and a plus-6 rating over his last eight contests.3. Hurricanes G Anton Khudobin is 5-2-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .932 save percentage at home. He is 5-1-0 against division rivals.PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 3