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‘Canes activate d-man Faulk off injured reserve

Apr 9, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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The reeling Carolina Hurricanes have activated defenseman Justin Faulk off injured reserve, the club announced today.

Faulk has missed the last nine games with an MCL sprain. The 21-year-old is arguably the team’s best defenseman, leading the ‘Canes in average ice time (23:23) while playing in all situations.

Carolina has just one victory in its last 13 games. The Hurricanes take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight.

“The guys have not thrown in the towel. They’re battling,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “All in all, I don’t think anyone can watch our team play right now and say the guys aren’t giving it all they’ve got.”

Carolina could also have forward Alex Semin back in the lineup tonight after he missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Defenseman Brett Bellemore has been assigned to AHL Charlotte.

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