Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk will miss some games with an upper-body injury, Canes coach Bill Peters said Tuesday.
Peters said Faulk, a two-time NHL All-Star, was “week-to-week” after an injury suffered in Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils at PNC Arena.
“I’d probably be safe in saying that,” Peters said.
Faulk left the game after a collision along the boards with Devils forward Taylor Hall at 7:22 of the third period. Faulk appeared to get his right hand pinned behind Hall while delivering the hit.
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The Canes (3-5-3) and Devils were to play again Tuesday in Newark, N.J. In the morning skate, Peters had D pairs of Jaccob Slavin-Brett Pesce, Klas Dahlbeck-Ron Hainsey and Noah Hanifin-Jakub Nakladal. Ryan Murphy was the extra defenseman.
Nakladal, signed Oct. 9 to a free-agent contract, has been a scratch the past five games and Dahlbeck the past three games for the Canes. Dahlbeck was claimed off waivers Oct. 11 from the Arizona Coyotes.
“We’re going to find out what they’re all about,” Peters said. “It’s an opportunity to get them back in and have a fair evaluation on both players.”
Peters also juggled the lines at the skate. Victor Rask centered Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm, Jordan Staal was at center with Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil, Teuvo Teravainen was at center with Phil Di Giuseppe and Lee Stempniak, and Jay McClement at center with Viktor Stalberg and Sebastian Aho.
Peters indicated the lines could change again by game time.
Goalie Cam Ward will start after Eddie Lack was the starter in the Canes’ 4-1 loss Sunday.