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Skinner sustains concussion, return day-to-day

Posted February 20, 2013
Updated February 21, 2013

Carolina Hurricanes Jeff Skinner has sustained a concussion and will not play against Winnipeg Thursday. The forward's return is listed as day-to-day.

Skinner missed the Hurricanes last game against Montreal after taking a big hit from Toronto’s Mark Fraser on Feb. 14. Skinner has 14 points on the season with seven goals and seven assists. 

This is the second straight year Skinner has suffered a concussion, missing 16 games last season with one.

Forward Tim Brent, who has missed one game due to a lower body injury, is also listed as day-to-day. Carolina Hurricanes Logo More Hurricanes Stories

Though defensemen Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen were placed on the injured reserve, retroactive to the New Jersey game Feb. 12, with 'lower body' concerns, Pitkanen did participate in practice Wednesday.

Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller said his return is possible Thursday against the Jets.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy is expected to be recalled from OHL Kitchener Thursday morning, where he is plus-12 with eight goals and 31 assists. If Murphy plays more than five games while at Carolina he will earn an NHL contract, if he does not he can be sent back to Kitchener. 

The Hurricanes also recalled Riley Nash and Jeremy Welsh from Charlotte on Monday. Michal Jordan was previously recalled from the Checkers on Feb. 14.

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  • edits Feb 21, 2013

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    I agree. Skinner was out last season and we still won games. Look at the Habs, they are a small team too. I think our average forward height is around 6 feet and 200 lbs, and our defense is around 6 foot 1 height and like 206 lbs. I am more concerned with the injuries to the defense than I am the forwards. Offense begins with your defense. Hope they win tonight against the Jets, that would be a great win! GO CANES!

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 21, 2013

    He missed several games last season due to this. I hate this for him.

  • giantfan1956 Feb 21, 2013

    Next man up, hate seeing brent and gleason out, hopefully Piks plays tonight, and of course, if Skins misses alot of time, we are in trouble.

  • Jimmytwotimes Feb 21, 2013

    By the way, that hit was all Skinners fault. I love Skinner and I love the canes but he's constantly putting himself in vulnerable positions and getting clobbered out there. Its part of what makes him so great is that he has no fear and competes so hard, but it will also get you concussions. He was doing better this year at not allowing himself to get hit so much but he messed up. He's young, hopefully that will be the last time he's bent over in front of the net playing the puck with his head down, he knows better.

  • Jimmytwotimes Feb 21, 2013

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    Yeah right, you cant trade away everyone who is not a 30 goal scorer, every team has "small players" on the 3rd and 4th line. We have been scoring like crazy and winning alot. Just cause Skinner is out doesn't mean we have to panic and trade half the team! Also, Rutherford made the 2 best moves in the NHL last summer(J.staal,Semin) so he won't be fired anytime soon.

  • viking416 Feb 21, 2013

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    Seems pretty obvious you have not been watching this team.

  • atc2 Feb 21, 2013

    Rutherford needs to do something now. Remember, this was a strike season, you still need to keep fans interested. Get rid of this guys YOU drafted and picked up in trades who are not scoring AT ALL (Bowman, Sanguinnetti, Brent Dwyer, LaRose, McBain, etc. - too many small players). As I said at the beginning of the season, does not matter if there are injuries, Canes do not make playoofs, time to get rid of Rutherford (not brining in the right talent)

  • PanthersFan45 Feb 21, 2013

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    Ignore this guy or report him, don't get into it with him. He was a former Season Ticket holder who wanted people to boycott the Canes and not attend games because of the strike. I feel bad for him in a way because he gave up his season tickets but that was his choice. Now he has nothing better to do than ONLY Post on Canes articles with bitter comments. He'll act like this until he can regain his seats at PNC Arena which is unlikely.

  • 321oohaw Feb 20, 2013

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    ...You are too easy to get to. Try to have some thicker skin...Dude

  • kenshi Feb 20, 2013

    This was not an NHL head shot situation. Skins was reaching for the puck and got hit and went sliding headfirst into the boards. There was nothing wrong with the hit, it was mostly Skins momentum that drove him into the boards so hard. An unfortunate injury but not a penalty situation.

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