Canes’ Semin has concussion

calexander@newsobserver.comNovember 19, 2013 

Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin has a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely, Canes coach Kirk Muller said Tuesday.

Semin was injured Saturday in the road game against the St. Louis Blues, taking a shoulder hit from Alex Pietrangelo that he appeared to absorb with his shoulder and chin. Semin was taken to the dressing room for treatment and briefly returned to play before leaving the game.

Semin missed the final two games of last season in April because of a concussion.

Muller said Semin, who has three goals and six assists in 20 games this season, would undergo further tests Wednesday.

"We'll go through the usual protocol for being concussed," Muller said.

With Semin missing Monday’s game against the Boston Bruins, Muller had Tuomo Ruutu and Drayson Bowman on Eric Staal’s line. In Tuesday’s practice, Jiri Tlusty and Ruutu were on Staal’s line.

Semin’s absence comes at a time when the Canes are getting some injured players back at practice and into the lineup. Goalie Cam Ward started Monday against Boston, making his first appearance since a groin injury Oct. 24 against Minnesota. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin, out since Oct. 13 with an ankle injury, put in a full practice Tuesday.

Forward Jeff Skinner also was injured in the Oct. 24 game and has missed the past 11 games with an upper-body injury. Skinner practiced Tuesday but Muller could not say if he would be able to play Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings.

“He looked good out there today and did all the stuff we wanted in practice,” Muller said. “He’ll practice tomorrow and hopefully he’ll give me an answer. He wanted to get in a good practice and today and (Wednesday) and make a decision for Detroit.”

Forward Kevn Westgarth has been out the past nine games with an upper-body injury but is back at practice.

Defenseman Ron Hainsey missed Tuesday’s practice with the flu.

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