Mark Fayne D NJ 10 Months
Mark Fayne's mysterious season-ending injury was a bulging disc in his lower back.
Fayne said the injury sent "a sharp, shooting pain" down one of his legs. The ailment started bothering him during an April 15 game against Toronto but accelerated after that. Fayne won't require surgery and says he's been told the pain should subside in a week or so.
Mark Fayne D NJ Feb 16 '13
Mark Fayne will spend Saturday's game in the press box.
Fayne has struggled over the last two games and he recognizes that. "I think I was forcing stuff a little too much," he said. "Especially down low with the puck. I didn't really have too much patience and, I guess, finesse to make the correct play instead of forcing things. When you have 8 D who are ready, it's a luxury for the team. For a player you have to know that every night is a tryout. You're playing for your spot." He'll get a chance to earn that spot back sooner or later.
Mark Fayne D NJ Feb 13 '13
Mark Fayne didn't participate in Tuesday's morning skate because of a death in his family, but he returned and played against the Carolina Hurricanes.
"Difficult circumstances," coach Pete DeBoer said. "I had a conversation with him. He felt comfortable he could handle it and, to his credit, he did." Fayne finished the contest with 19:25 of ice time, while recording two shots, two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating.