Bad news for the ‘Canes: Faulk week-to-week with lower-body injury

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Justin Faulk is hurt again. The Carolina Hurricanes’ top-scoring defenseman is reportedly week-to-week with a lower-body injury after getting hurt Friday against Boston.

Tomorrow in Pittsburgh, Faulk’s spot in the lineup will be taken by Ryan Murphy, who’s played just four NHL games all season. Murphy’s last appearance in a Carolina uniform was all the way back on Nov. 10.

Faulk goes on the shelf with seven goals and nine assists in 30 games. He missed three games in November with an upper-body injury.

The ‘Canes (15-11-7) went into the Christmas break on a three-game winning streak. But stuck in the Metropolitan Division, they sit seven points back of a playoff spot.