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More bad news on road trip: Canes lose Faulk to upper-body injury

calexander@newsobserver.comMarch 3, 2014 

— The Carolina Hurricanes, winless on the first four games of a road trip, learned Monday they will have to play without defenseman Justin Faulk.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Faulk, who suffered an upper-body injury Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks, would be out about 10 days. Rutherford said Faulk, a member of the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games, did not suffer a concussion.

The Canes face the San Jose Sharks in the final game of the trip, which began last week in Buffalo following the break for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m., but Rutherford said Monday he is not sure how active the Hurricanes would be Tuesday and Wednesday leading up to the deadline.

“It’s hard to say,” he said. “Different teams have different needs. But we have to be careful in what we do.”

Rutherford said discussions are underway with the agent of goalie Anton Khudobin on a new contract. Khudobin signed a one-year, $800,000 free-agent deal with Carolina last July and has emerged as the Canes’ No. 1 goalie.

“We’d like to get it resolved prior to the deadline but I do not know if we will be able to do it or not,” Rutherford said.

The Canes (26-26-9) had 61 points and were eight points behind the third-place New York Rangers in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division after Sunday’s games. They were seven points behind the Detroit Red Wings in the wild-card race for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The top three teams in each of the four NHL divisions qualify for the playoffs. Two wild-card teams from each conference then are determined by the most points, regardless of division.

The Canes, with Cam Ward in net, were beaten 5-3 by the Ducks on Sunday. They trailed 5-0 before making a late push, setting a franchise record for a road game with 52 shots.

“We’re still in it but obviously we have to beat the teams we’re trying to catch and we have to win games,” Rutherford said. “If we can put a streak together we could make it interesting.”

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