Skinner, the team's second-leading scorer with seven goals and 14 points in 13 games, missed 16 games last season because of a concussion. He was injured last Thursday during Carolina's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, during which he took a couple of hard hits and went helmet-first into the boards on one of those hits.
Skinner said after the game he felt fine; he practiced Friday and took part in a fan event that night. But he was unable to practice Sunday and sat out Monday's game at the Montreal Canadiens. He has not practiced this week.
Skinner's 14 points trail only Eric Staal (17) on the Hurricanes. Skinner scored 31 goals in 2010-11 on the way to winning the Calder Trophy, then scored 20 last season despite the time missed.
He signed a six-year, $34 million contract extension with the Hurricanes in August.