Skinner gets second opinion on injury

calexander@newsobserver.comNovember 4, 2013 

Injured forward Jeff Skinner again was missing Monday as the Canes practiced at PNC Arena.

Canes coach Kirk Muller said Skinner was getting a second medical opinion on what has been deemed an "upper-body injury." Skinner has not played since suffering what appeared to be a hand injury during the Oct. 24 road game against the Minnesota Wild.

"He's checking on it to see if it's progressing in the right direction," Muller said of Skinner's injury. "We're waiting to see what that answer is and where he's at."

Muller initially said he hoped Skinner could return for last week's back-to-back set against Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers. Skinner traveled with the team to New York for Saturday's game.

"It's important to be careful with him," Muller said. "We'll see if there's a different answer to how it's healing or what it is, just to make sure before we give him that green light to go again."

Muller said goalie Anton Khudobin (lower-body injury) did skate Monday on his own and said the session was "OK."

"He's in a stage where it's going to be a slow process of progressing," Muller said.

Goalie Cam Ward, who also has a lower-body injury, has yet to do any skating, Muller said.

Defenseman Tim Gleason missed Saturday's game with an upper-body injury and Muller said he not not skate Monday. Neither did injured forward Kevin Westgarth. Muller said both were "day to day."

Forward Radek Dvorak was back at practice Monday after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Dvorak, who is on injured reserve, could be activated and play Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Forward Brett Sutter, who was placed on NHL waivers Sunday, cleared waivers Monday and was assigned to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).

In practice, Muller again made line changes and had Jiri Tlusty back on Eric Staal's line opposite right wing Alex Semin. Jordan Staal, who was on a line with Eric Staal and Semin against the Rangers, centered Nathan Gerbe and Elias Lindholm.

Riley Nash was at center with Tuomo Ruutu and Pat Dwyer, and Manny Malhotra centered Drayson Bowman and Dvorak.

Muller said goalie Justin Peters would make his fifth consecutive start and be in net for the Flyers game.

The Canes are 25th in the NHL in goals per game (1.93) after scoring five goals in their five-game losing streak. Muller is hoping the top line of Tlusty, Staal and Semin can recapture the chemistry they had last season and said Tlusty’s jump and energy in the Rangers game led to the line change.

"Each of us individually, we just have bring a little bit more," Canes captain Eric Staal said Monday. "We're not getting in there on the forecheck as much, maybe hanging on to pucks a little too long at times.

“It will click back. We just have to keep our legs moving, keep doing the detail parts of the game. If you do that you'll be rewarded and we have to believe that will happen soon."

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