The Carolina Hurricanes have their best player back in the lineup and not a minute too soon. Fresh off of the team’s best win of the season, a 5-1 clobbering of the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, the Eastern Conference’s last ranked team may finally be righting the ship. They face a tough test tonight against the San Jose Sharks, but they’ll do so with the services of franchise defenseman Justin Faulk back in the lineup. The big-time blue liner missed the past three games with an upper body injury.
Originally described as a “week-to-week” injury, Faulk was placed on the injured reserve last week, only to miss just a few contests before making his return. The original diagnosis was not overly certain, and it appears as if the Hurricanes have gotten lucky with a quick return for their alternate captain.
Carolina’s second-round pick in 2010, Faulk has exceeded expectations and developed into the centerpiece for a rebuilding Hurricanes team. After becoming a regular player at just 19, the 24-year-old now sits in a leadership position and is know around the league as one of the best puck-moving defenseman in the game. Faulk has 161 points in 337 career games, all while logging top pair minutes. Thus far in 2016-17 he has only three points, but with the team hopefully turning the corner on a disappointing start, look for Faulk’s return to jump start the offense and help the Hurricanes build on their recent success.