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Preview: Sharks at Hurricanes

Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk returns; San Jose seeks fourth consecutive win

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

SHARKS (9-6-0) at HURRICANES (4-6-4

7 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, FS-CR, NHL.TV


Sharks team scope

Goaltender Aaron Dell will make his second NHL start for the San Jose Sharks, who are 3-0-0 on their six-game road trip. Dell defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 on Oct. 18 for his first NHL win. His only other action came in relief of Martin Jones on Nov. 5 against in a 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. "The guys know this is a tough spot to be in, with that many games between starts," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I have no doubt we are going to play well in front of him. He looked good in practice yesterday. I think he's ready." Forward Matt Nieto, a healthy scratch for eight of the past nine games, will replace Micheal Haley on the fourth line. "He gives us speed," DeBoer said, "He's defensively reliable. He helps our PK. He's a versatile guy. He can go up and down the lineup. He hasn't been an easy guy to sit out, but we've been winning lately and you don't change winning lineups very often." Many of the Sharks were on and off the ice quickly for their optional morning skate.


Hurricanes team scope

Defenseman Justin Faulk will be back in the lineup for the Carolina Hurricanes after sitting out three games with an upper-body injury. Faulk left the game against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 6 after getting tangled along the boards with Taylor Hall. "I've been getting better every day," he said. "I felt good yesterday in practice. One of the biggest issues coming back is being able to handle the hits and the pressure in a game. You can't get that in practice." Matt Tennyson, who played his first NHL game of the season in a 5-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, will face against his former team on Tuesday. He played 60 games for the Sharks during the past three seasons. "It was nice to get that first one out of the way and not have to do it against San Jose," Tennyson said. "It doesn't change anything based on who you are playing or what the circumstances may be. You just go play your game." The Hurricanes worked on the power play during their morning skate, using a variety of personnel combinations. Carolina had seven power-play goals in the first seven games of the season, but two in the past seven. "We need to get some power-play results," coach Bill Peters said.


Sharks projected lineup

Joe Pavelski -- Joe Thornton -- Joel Ward
Logan Couture -- Joonas Donskoi -- Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau -- Tomas Hertl -- Mikkel Boedker
Matt Nieto -- Tommy Wingels -- Chris Tierney

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Aaron Dell
Martin Jones

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Dylan DeMelo
Injured: Melker Karlsson (ankle)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm
Teuvo Teravainen -- Jordan Staal -- Sebastian Aho
Lee Stempniak -- Derek Ryan -- Brock McGinn
Joakim Nordstrom -- Jay McClement -- Viktor Stalberg

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce
Justin Faulk -- Ron Hainsey
Noah Hanifin -- Matt Tennyson

Cam Ward
Eddie Lack

Scratched: Andrej Nestrasil, Klas Dahlbeck, Ryan Murphy
Injured: Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis)

Status report

DeBoer said Karlsson is "still sore" after blocking a shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday ... The Hurricanes terminated the contract of defenseman Jakub Nakladal on Monday. Nakladal had no points and was minus-4 in three games.


Who's hot

Burns has two goals and an assist in the past three games, and Wingels has scored the winning goal in each of the past two games. … Staal, Teravainen and Aho combined for 11 points against Washington on Saturday. .. Rask has a goal in each of the past two games.

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