Carolina Hurricanes

Canes forward Skinner takes hit to head, to be re-evaluated Monday

Canes forward Jeff Skinner, who left Sunday’s preseason game against Washington after a hit to the head, will be further evaluated Monday, Canes coach Bill Peters said.

Peters said he talked to Skinner after the 5-2 loss to the Caps, noting Skinner told him “he feels fine.” Skinner did not return to the game after the first-period hit from the Caps’ Matt Niskanen because of what was classified as an “upper-body injury.”

“We’ll go through the protocol,” Peters said. “It’s wait and see. It’s out of his hands, out of my hands. It happened and now it’s in the hands of the trainers and medical people.”

Niskanen hit Skinner with a forearm while Skinner was turning. Woozy after the collision, Skinner was immediately taken to the locker room for treatment.

Skinner suffered a concussion in each of the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons, missing games. But in an April 2013 game in Ottawa, Skinner was rocked on a hit by the Senators’ Jared Cowen and held out the remainder of the game but was not concussed.

“It’s obviously a concern,” Peters said. “You never want to see anybody get hurt, you never want to see anybody struggling with head injuries.”

Canes forward Elias Lindholm also left Sunday’s game after being hit in the foot while blocking a shot. There was no update in Lindholm.

The Hurricanes were playing their seventh and final exhibition game and finished 2-5 in the preseason. Peters said the Canes did not compete in the game, calling it “unacceptable.”

“To a man I think they understand that wasn’t good enough, not even close,” Peters said.

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