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Sharks likely minus Wingels; Faulk out for Hurricanes

San Jose forward injured Thursday; Carolina D-man to miss fifth straight

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

SHARKS (31-20-5) at HURRICANES (26-22-10) 

TV: 7 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, FS-CR, NHL.TV 

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The San Jose Sharks are expected to be without forward Tommy Wingels when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. 

Wingels left the Sharks' 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday when he fell hard into the boards in the first period. Coach Pete DeBoer said Wingels is likely to be out for a little while. 

The Sharks, who have won three in a row, have earned points in 16 of 18 games since Jan. 9. 

Carolina lost 3-2 on the road Thursday to the Ottawa Senators. Forwards Jordan Staal and Riley Nash scored for the Hurricanes. 

Goaltender Cam Ward is likely to start against the Sharks. Ward dressed against the Senators as the backup to Eddie Lack after missing the previous game with a lower-body injury. 

Defenseman Justin Faulk will miss his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury sustained in practice eight days ago. 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Matthew Nieto - Patrick Marleau - Joel Ward
Joonas Donskoi - Logan Couture - Melker Karlsson
Mike Brown - Chris Tierney - Dainius Zubrus  

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo - Matt Tennyson  

Martin Jones
Alex Stalock  

Injured: Tommy Wingels (undisclosed)
Scratched: Mirco Mueller, Brenden Dillon  


Kris Versteeg - Eric Staal - Phillip Di Giuseppe  
Joakim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil  
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm  
Chris Terry - Jay McClement - Riley Nash 

Jaccob Slavin - Ron Hainsey  
John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin - Michal Jordan   

Cam Ward 
Eddie Lack 

Injured: Justin Faulk (leg), James Wisniewski (knee) 
Scratched: Nathan Gerbe, Brad Malone  

Status report: After playing on the road on Thursday night, the Hurricanes and Sharks did not skate on Friday morning. 

Who's hot: Pavelski has four goals and seven assists in the past 12 games. … Thornton has points in 25 of the past 27 games (eight goals, 27 assists). … Jordan Staal has four goals and nine assists in the past 10 games. … Nash has goals in three straight games.

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