Jeff Skinner

Canes’ Skinner to miss ninth straight, 10th likely

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).

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.