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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hurricanes Injury Update: Jeff Skinner leaves game after hit to the head

By on 10/05/2014 08:30:00 PM

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner left Sunday's final preseason game with what is officially called an upper-body injury and did not return, as reported by Michael Smith on the team's official website. The injury occurred when Washington Capitals' defenseman Matt Niskanen hit Skinner in the head with his forearm. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Skinner went down on the play and had some difficulty getting back to the bench.

Head coach Bill Peters said that he spoke with Skinner after the game. "He said he feels fine, and he'll be reevaluated again tomorrow," Peters said.

The 22-year-old appeared in 71 games last season. He scored a career-high 33 goals and added 21 assists. He averaged 17:10 TOI per game, with over three minutes of those on the powerplay.

Skinner has a history of concussions, so the team is definitely hoping they won't have to go down that path again. Skinner is an important part of the team's offense, and they will need him to have another big year if they want a chance to make the playoffs. The Hurricanes start the new season on October 10 at home against the New York Islanders.

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