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Carolina’s Skinner (lower body) to miss remainder of preseason

Sep 26, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

Jeff Skinner AP

Carolina’s Jeff Skinner won’t be seeing any more ice time in the preseason.

Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports Skinner will miss the team’s final two preseason games thanks to a lower body injury. Coach Kirk Muller is trying to play it cool with his young star.

“We just want to be smart and not push him,” Muller said.

Skinner labored through last season with a concussion and his play appeared to suffer after his return from it. Now with this issue popping up late in camp, those in Carolina have to be a bit nervous about how well he’ll start the season. He isn’t alone on the injury list for the Hurricanes though.

Forwards Elias Lindholm, Tuomo Ruutu, and Alexander Semin along with defenseman Tim Gleason are all banged up. That’s potentially three out of their top six forwards and a top-pair defenseman all hurting.

If Carolina is going to compete in the Metropolitan Division they’re going to need everyone at 100 percent. File that under: Duh.

  1. ribsnpuck - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    tim gleason as a top 4 DEF is more of a problem for the canes than any single injury.

  2. deeboy - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    If it were simply based on performance this preseason, Gleason would be sitting in the press box on October 4th. Canes have two prospects that are making a strong statement to stay in Raleigh (Murphy and Bellemore).

  3. rippit2000 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    This is really going to affect his game – his lower body strength powers his diving.

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