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Hurricanes' Skinner instructed to be cautious

Saturday, 04.20.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Hurricanes' Skinner instructed to be cautious

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Forward Jeff Skinner will return to the Carolina Hurricanes lineup when they play the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Skinner sat out Thursday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets. He was on the receiving end of an open-ice hit from the Ottawa Senators' Jared Cowen on Tuesday night. Skinner did not return during the game and was returned here for observation.

Upon returning home, team doctors determined he did not suffer a concussion.

"I respect the decision the doctor made," Skinner said. "I agree you have to be safe and cautious."

The Hurricanes have reminded the 20-year-old forward to be aware of vulnerable places on the ice, particularly in light of his knack for drawing contact.

"Maybe I shouldn't have been cutting across [the neutral zone] there," Skinner said. "I saw the guy, but I didn't think he would step up there, but he did. I don't think there's a point in dwelling on it. It's done, so you move forward."

Here are the likely lineups for Saturday's game:

FLYERS

Danny Briere - Brayden SchennScott Hartnell

Jakub Voracek - Simon GagneClaude Giroux

Matt Read - Sean CouturierWayne Simmonds

Mike KnubleAdam HallRuslan Fedotenko

Luke SchennOliver Lauridsen

Erik GustafssonKimmo Timonen

Kurtis FosterBrandon Manning

Steve Mason

Ilya Bryzgalov

Injured: Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn, Max Talbot, Nicklas Grossmann, Zac Rinaldo, Bruno Gervais, Kent Huskins, Jody Shelley.

HURRICANES

Jiri TlustyEric Staal – Alex Semin

Tuomo RuutuJordan Staal - Jeff Skinner

Chad LaRoseRiley NashPatrick Dwyer

Nicolas Blanchard - Tim WallaceKevin Westgarth

Tim GleasonJustin Faulk

Jay HarrisonJoe Corvo

Bobby SanguinettiJamie McBain

Justin Peters

Dan Ellis

Injured: Cam Ward, Drayson Bowman, Tim Brent, Jeff Skinner, Joni Pitkanen

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