Just when the Carolina Hurricanes got a bit of good news on the injury front, with the extremely early return of Tuomo Ruutu, they’re back to bad news, with another defenseman out.
Justin Faulk will miss at least two weeks, but could miss up to a month because of an MCL sprain. He was injured in a Hurricanes loss on Tuesday, along with two other defenseman. The other two, Tim Gleason and Bobby Sanguinetti, ended up returning later in that tilt with the Florida Panthers.
Faulk’s knee injury occurred when he collided with Jack Skille behind the net. The good news is the fact that it will not require surgery. He will hit the injured reserve list for a couple of weeks, at least, before returning. It doesn’t help a Carolina blue line that’s already short-handed, though.
Joe Corvo is already out for the Canes as well, as he’s day-to-day with a lower body injury. Which leaves the Hurricanes with exactly six NHL defensemen currently on the roster. They recalled Brett Bellemore from Charlotte in order to give them a little bit of extra depth in his absence.
In his second full season, Faulk has 10 points and is a plus-3 for the year. He’s continued to be a force in his own zone and showcase that all-around game that has made him one of the game’s better young defensemen. His absence is going to be felt, especially for a Hurricanes team that already struggles a bit as a team, from a defensive point of view.