For Skinner, this marks the second concussion of his career. He was sidelined for more than a month after a December 2011 hit by the Edmonton Oilers' Andy Sutton. Skinner's loss will be felt immediately; he had 14 points in his first 13 games.
"[Skinner] is a big part of the team this year," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "You see the big timely goals he was getting. We've got to adapt. We've got some guys that -- bottom line -- have to step up and contribute and help the hockey club win."
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will be without defenseman Joni Pitkanen for Thursday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pitkanen is expected to miss several days after leaving Tuesday's 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils with an injury.
Fellow blueliner Tim Gleason also could be out. He is nursing a lower-body injury after playing 20:07 against the Devils.
Carolina has recalled defenseman Michal Jordan from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He has yet to make his NHL debut.
Scratches: Mark Borowiecki
Illness: Guillaume Latendresse (flu)
Injured: Jason Spezza
The Senators are beginning to deal with the reality of playing a couple months without center Jason Spezza, who is out after surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back.
"Jason is one of those special players in the League that can make something out of nothing," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "We don't have someone like that to go in there, but we certainly feel very confident about the depth of our team to play with four lines and to play with tempo."
While Spezza's offense will be missed, MacLean said he expects to learn more about his forward group in Spezza's absence.
"We're actually excited by the fact that it's a great opportunity, not only for individuals, but for the team, to play," he said. "It's not necessarily who's out, but who's in. Let's come and play hard. They're not going to wait for us. We're really more concerned about the players who are available to play."
Guillaume Latendresse, who has the flu, is expected to miss Friday's game at Carolina and Sunday's game at Montreal.
Scratched: Zach Boychuk
Injured: Justin Faulk
Scratched: Lane MacDermid
Injured: Adam McQuaid
Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin will make his first start of the season Monday. He is 5-1-0 in seven career NHL games, with a 1.32 goals against average. In his only previous action with Boston, he posted a 3-1 win against Ottawa last April.
The 19-year-old blueliner will play his fifth game of the season Monday against Carolina. The first season of his three-year entry-level contract kicks in if he plays in a sixth NHL game, which for the Bruins is Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.
"Upper management will make that decision, but from our end of it, he's been really good," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He's better and better every game as he gains confidence. I've really liked his composure and vision of the game. He's been extremely good for us."
Before joining the Bruins at the start of the NHL season, Hamilton had 41 points in 32 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League, and had a goal and an assist in six games for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
He said he's looking forward to having his status resolved.
"It will be really nice," Hamilton said. "I'm trying not to think about it too much. I'm just trying to work my hardest and keep playing my game."
Injured: Ville Leino
Gerbe has been cleared to play after off-season back surgery and will join the lineup tonight, paired with Ott and Grigorenko.
"Nathan's got a natural goal-scoring touch, so I think he's got some finish to him," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's got real good speed and we're hoping he can create a little bit of offense for us."
Enroth makes his first start of the season in goal for Buffalo. In two career games against Carolina, Enroth has a 0.49 goals-against average.
Cory Conacher - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
The Lightning had an optional skate this morning.
Illness: Zac Dalpe
Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.