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Faulk Ready to Get Back In

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
COLUMBUS, OhioJustin Faulk is ready.

After missing the team’s last 12 games with a lower-body concern, Faulk will draw back into the Hurricanes’ lineup tonight in Columbus.

“He’s going to give it a whirl. That will be good,” head coach Bill Peters said after the morning skate. “That will help us.”

The team’s All-Star defenseman has been sidelined for 18 of the last 19 games, skating only in the Feb. 23 game against Philadelphia.

“We were, at that point, I think four points out. Two big games coming up with Philly, who was right there with us – and you see where they are now – and Toronto was the next game,” Faulk said after practice earlier this week. “We got the win, so I guess I didn’t cause too much harm out there.”

Faulk logged a season-low 16:51 of ice time in that game and practiced the next day, though he came off the ice at Raleigh Center Ice with a noticeable limp.

“I tried to play through it, and it didn’t go as well as I wanted – that game or the next practice. It just didn’t feel right,” Faulk said. “We took a look at it again and decided I should take some time off and let it heal to the point where I can be effective.”

Despite playing in just 55 games so far this season, Faulk still ranks in the top five of team scoring with 34 points (15g, 19a) and leads the Canes in power-play goals with 12.

Tonight against the Blue Jackets, Faulk should be back on one of the team’s man advantage units and will be a valuable addition to the Canes’ blue line.

“It’s tough. It’s not fun. You never want to miss games,” Faulk said. “We’re fighting for points every night. To be sitting out watching it instead of trying to help your team is tough. You want to get out there as fast as you can.”

Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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