There was some hope Jeff Skinner would be back in the Carolina lineup for tonight’s game against Anaheim.
Those hopes were dashed on Friday afternoon, though — along with hopes he’d be able to play on Saturday.
Carolina head coach Kirk Muller said Skinner would miss the Ducks game, his ninth in a row, and would likely be out for tomorrow’s game against St. Louis as well, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Skinner, 21, hasn’t played since Oct. 24 due to an unspecified upper-body ailment. Speculation is it’s a hand injury, and Skinner recently went to see specialists in New York for a second opinion on the original diagnosis.
The former Calder winner had nine points through his first 10 games this year, and his absence has coincided with Carolina struggling both offensively, and in the win column.
The ‘Canes are 3-4-1 since Skinner was lost to injury and have only mustered 11 goals, one of which came in overtime (against Philly on Nov. 5).
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger