RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk will return to the lineup Tuesday after missing the past nine games with a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Faulk is Carolina's leader in ice time, skating 23:23 per night. Carolina sent defenseman Brett Bellemore to Charlotte of the American Hockey League to open a roster spot.
Forward Alexander Semin also is expected to return to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, after missing two games with a lower-body injury.
Here are the projected lineups for the game between the Penguins and Hurricanes:
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow - Jussi Jokinen - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Beau Bennett
Tyler Kennedy - Craig Adams - Tanner Glass
Mark Eaton - Brooks Orpik
Matt Niskanen - Douglas Murray
Deryk Engelland - Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Simon Despres, Joe Vitale, Dustin Jeffrey
Injured: Sidney Crosby (jaw), James Neal (concussion), Kris Letang (lower body), Paul Martin (hand)
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Zac Dalpe
Drayson Bowman - Riley Nash - Patrick Dwyer
Tuomo Ruutu - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose
Tim Gleason - Joe Corvo
Jay Harrison - Jamie McBain
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Justin Faulk
Scratched: Kevin Westgarth, Bobby Sanguinetti
Injured: Cam Ward (knee), Joni Pitkanen (heel)