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06:10 AM ET 02.21 | For the second consecutive season, Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has been sidelined for the same reason. [Skinner] has sustained a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team has announced. Skinner, the team's second-leading scorer, missed 16 games last season because of a concussion. He was injured Thursday during the Canes' game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, taking a couple of hard hits and once going helmet-first into the boards. ... Skinner was unable to practice Sunday, did not make the trip to Montreal for the game Monday against the Canadiens and missed practice the past two days. Skinner has seven goals and seven assists in 13 games this season and ranked second to Eric Staal in points.

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February 21, 2013  07:54 AM ET

That head first into the boards incident did not look good...

February 21, 2013  07:56 AM ET

keep your head up, son.

February 21, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Too bad for him and the Canes.

February 21, 2013  08:36 AM ET

This hurts, along with Injuries to Pitkanen, Gleason, and a myriad of others, this'll sting... 2nd on the team in terms of scoring on the young season, but that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, he was out for a good stretch last year with the same issue, and I think a change in playstyle might be in the offing when he returns.

He needs to stop turning when he gets hit, Fraser is not at fault for this, although many 'Canes fans think otherwise. It was a hard hit sure, but not a dirty one by any stretch.

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February 21, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They do?Have they watched hockey before? Hurricanes have been there for like 15 years now there really aren't any excuses left..

when you watch a broadcast down there they take the time to explain icing and offsides...

February 21, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They do?Have they watched hockey before? Hurricanes have been there for like 15 years now there really aren't any excuses left..

Yes, they do.... and lord knows why, yet, if any of our guys did the same thing to say JVR for example... it would be like Gladitorial combat, like they'd expect you to kill him or some such silly thing. Also, POTF is right, they explain Icing, and Offsides constantly.... I know John Forslund (TV play-by-play) has better things to do, and Chuck Kaiton (Radio PBP), I know does as well, but Tripp Tracy (TV colour commentator), is as dumb as a bag of hammers, and needs the explanation as much as the casual fan here in Carolina... I'm the transplant who comes from a desert, and I know more about Hockey in North America, than the locals... sad state, but the diehards know what is going on, and the local media here like to trump up stuff...

February 21, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yes, they do.... and lord knows why, yet, if any of our guys did the same thing to say JVR for example... it would be like Gladitorial combat, like they'd expect you to kill him or some such silly thing. Also, POTF is right, they explain Icing, and Offsides constantly.... I know John Forslund (TV play-by-play) has better things to do, and Chuck Kaiton (Radio PBP), I know does as well, but Tripp Tracy (TV colour commentator), is as dumb as a bag of hammers, and needs the explanation as much as the casual fan here in Carolina... I'm the transplant who comes from a desert, and I know more about Hockey in North America, than the locals... sad state, but the diehards know what is going on, and the local media here like to trump up stuff...

Over the 15 year period the Canes fans have had some really good seasons to enjoy. The way this team rises and falls is like watching a hear monitor.

February 21, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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Over the 15 year period the Canes fans have had some really good seasons to enjoy. The way this team rises and falls is like watching a hear monitor.

You're not kiding there, HC.... but it's better than the near flatline we had in Hartford... I still miss the Whale though.

February 21, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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You're not kiding there, HC.... but it's better than the near flatline we had in Hartford... I still miss the Whale though.

I miss the Whalers Jersey - that was a beauty !

February 21, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yes, they do.... and lord knows why, yet, if any of our guys did the same thing to say JVR for example... it would be like Gladitorial combat, like they'd expect you to kill him or some such silly thing. Also, POTF is right, they explain Icing, and Offsides constantly.... I know John Forslund (TV play-by-play) has better things to do, and Chuck Kaiton (Radio PBP), I know does as well, but Tripp Tracy (TV colour commentator), is as dumb as a bag of hammers, and needs the explanation as much as the casual fan here in Carolina... I'm the transplant who comes from a desert, and I know more about Hockey in North America, than the locals... sad state, but the diehards know what is going on, and the local media here like to trump up stuff...

I will never forget right after they got there (from Hartford) one of the locals that had nnever seen a game before said....and I quote:
"I like it, it's like NASCAR on ice"

February 21, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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He needs to stop turning when he gets hit, Fraser is not at fault for this, although many 'Canes fans think otherwise. It was a hard hit sure, but not a dirty one by any stretch.

You are onto something here. This point right here drives me crazy down here in the States. Coaches actually teach Bantam players to turn to avoid a hit; instead of keeping the head up moving the puck and preparing to take the hit.

Last year I witnessed a kid get pretty seriously banged up; thankfully okay other than a badly wrenched back. Puck was along the boards and instead of making a play; he sees the kid coming and turns and faces the boards. He took the brunt of the check in the back.

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February 21, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That head first into the boards incident did not look good...

Another 'upper body' injury?

February 21, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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I will never forget right after they got there (from Hartford) one of the locals that had nnever seen a game before said....and I quote:"I like it, it's like NASCAR on ice"

That's good. When I was a kid I had a video game where cars raced on ice. Fun stuff.

February 21, 2013  12:42 PM ET
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You are onto something here. This point right here drives me crazy down here in the States. Coaches actually teach Bantam players to turn to avoid a hit; instead of keeping the head up moving the puck and preparing to take the hit. Last year I witnessed a kid get pretty seriously banged up; thankfully okay other than a badly wrenched back. Puck was along the boards and instead of making a play; he sees the kid coming and turns and faces the boards. He took the brunt of the check in the back.

Indeed. Guys don't know how to take a hit or fall anymore.
And i daresay, the equipment is also partially to blame

February 21, 2013  12:52 PM ET
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Indeed. Guys don't know how to take a hit or fall anymore.And i daresay, the equipment is also partially to blame

agree

February 21, 2013  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Indeed. Guys don't know how to take a hit or fall anymore.And i daresay, the equipment is also partially to blame

Equipment might be partly to blame, but sometimes, if not the majority of the time, it's a training issue (or lack thereof), As you say the younger smaller players nowadays don't know how to absorb a hit without putting themselves into serious danger. That being said injuries are inherent, and no matter how well trained someone might be in defending themselves in such situations, the situation can still cause injury; but, this is a huge part of the game we all love that should not be done away with, in any measure.

February 21, 2013  01:43 PM ET

Staal boys need to pick it up

 
February 21, 2013  01:59 PM ET
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Staal boys need to pick it up

Both Eric and Jordan are doing fine on the stats sheet... Eric is the team points leader, and Jordan is the team assists leader, and only 5 points behind Eric's 17 (with a +11 tyvm).. Add in Semin (10pts) and Tlusty (9pts) And all barring the injured skinner in our top 6 are chipping in with points, and TOI, it's the bit players on the 3rd and 4th line that need to step up. After our top six, the next in the list for points are all D-men, which is off, but that's the same with a lot of teams... the top 2 line produces the bulk of the points, and when the fall out injured and whatnot, you see the bottom fall out of the season. I don't see that happening with us, that being said, MUCh stranger things have happened.

You can ask more of both the Staal Bros. now that Skinner is out for what will likely be a good chunk of time, but they've been doing just fine.

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