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.
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.