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Slumping Hurricanes activate D Justin Faulk from IR, send Bellemore to minors

The Carolina Hurricanes have activated defenseman Justin Faulk from injured reserve.

The team also said Tuesday it has sent defenseman Brett Bellemore to its AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

The 21-year-old Faulk missed nine games with a sprained right medial collateral ligament.

The second-year player leads the Hurricanes by averaging 23 minutes, 13 seconds of ice time and his plus-minus rating of plus-4 is second-best on the team.

The moves were made a few hours before Carolina's home game against Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh. The slumping Hurricanes entered having lost a club-record-tying seven straight at home and 12 of 13 overall.