Hurricanes’ Skinner diagnosed with concussion; status for opener unknown

Jeff Skinner had 33 goals and 21 assists for the Hurricanes last season.

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Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was diagnosed with a concussion following a hit by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen during Sunday’s preseason game.

"Jeff has been diagnosed with a concussion," said Ron Francis, Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager. "He will continue to be monitored by our team doctors and go through proper protocols in the coming days."

Skinner sustained the injury from a hit by Niskanen immediately following an offensive-zone faceoff. No penalty was assessed on the play.

There has been no word on whether Skinner will be available for Carolina’s season opener on Friday against the Islanders at PNC Arena.