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Skinner out Monday, unclear if it’s concussion symptoms

Feb 18, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

20-year-old forward Jeff Skinner will not be available for the Carolina Hurricanes’ contest against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, according to The News & Observer.

Officially, he has an upper body injury, but coach Kirk Muller didn’t know if Skinner was being bothered by concussion-like symptoms after crashing head-first into the boards during Thursday’s 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If you missed the hit, you can see it below:

His immediate reaction to that hit was concerning, but Skinner eventually got up and said he felt fine following the contest. He even participated in Friday’s practice, but he wasn’t feeling well when the Hurricanes got back on the ice Sunday.

Muller said Skinner will be evaluated on Tuesday.

Although this is all speculative at this point, the thought of Skinner having a concussion is particularly troubling given his history. He’s only in his third season and this could potentially be the second concussion he’s sustained while playing at the NHL level. He missed 16 games due to the injury in 2011-12.

Skinner has gotten off to a fantastic start this season with seven goals and 14 points in 13 games.

  1. deeboy - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    That was an unfortunate result to a perfectly legal hit. Fraser caught him off-balance and hit him good. Skinner also got boarded later in the game (which was not a legal hit, despite no call). Either one could have done it. I know that after the Fraser hit, he looking like he was trying to work out some neck issues on the bench.

  2. wethog66 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Upper body injury? Well that rules out The Diva’s usual injury excuse, swollen fallopian tube.

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