The Carolina Hurricanes will be without defenseman Justin Faulk for the next two to four weeks because of a sprained knee, the team said today.

Faulk suffered a second-degree sprain of a medial collateral ligament Tuesday in the game against the Florida Panthers. Faulk made a pass behind the Carolina net and was bumped along the boards by Panthers forward Jack Skille.

The Canes earlier lost goalie Cam Ward to a knee injury, which also was suffered against Florida on March 3 -- and, oddly enough, in a play that involved Faulk and Skille. Ward suffered a third-degree MCL sprain when his left leg was pinned against the post by a sliding Skille and then Faulk tumbled into him.