Carolina Hurricanes’ winger Jeff Skinner is considered to be day-to-day with ‘middle body injury’ according to head coach Bill Peters.
Whilst no one is exactly sure what the injury entails, it was enough to keep Skinner out of the line up for Tuesday’s game in Detroit against the Red Wings, which Carolina lost 4-2, and there is no clear sense of whether he will be available for Friday’s home opener against the New York Rangers at this point.
Skinner was tied for the lead in team scoring heading in to Tuesday’s game, with two goals and six points in five games for Carolina so far this season, averaging 17:39 of ice time, highest among all Hurricanes wingers.
Selected seventh overall in 2010 by Carolina, the 24-year-old has featured in 422 career NHL games to date, registering 145 goals and 272 points during that span. He is yet to play a post season game however, with the Hurricanes hoping to put seven straight seasons of disappointment behind them this year.
That quest hasn’t got off to the best of starts this year however, with Carolina currently bottom of the Metropolitan Division boasting a 1-3-2 record after beginning the campaign with a tough six game road swing which included stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Philadelphia before completing the trip at The Joe Louis Arena.
Skinner has two more years on his present contract, a six-year, $34.35 million deal struck in 2013, and is likely to play a major role in the Hurricanes continued revival over the next couple of years as the franchise crop of burgeoning young talent develops.