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:
Danny Briere - Brayden Schenn – Scott Hartnell
Jakub Voracek - Simon Gagne – Claude Giroux
Matt Read - Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds
Mike Knuble – Adam Hall – Ruslan Fedotenko
Luke Schenn – Oliver Lauridsen
Erik Gustafsson – Kimmo Timonen
Kurtis Foster – Brandon Manning
Injured: Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn, Max Talbot, Nicklas Grossmann, Zac Rinaldo, Bruno Gervais, Kent Huskins, Jody Shelley.
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alex Semin
Tuomo Ruutu – Jordan Staal - Jeff Skinner
Chad LaRose – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Nicolas Blanchard - Tim Wallace – Kevin Westgarth
Tim Gleason – Justin Faulk
Jay Harrison – Joe Corvo
Bobby Sanguinetti – Jamie McBain
Injured: Cam Ward, Drayson Bowman, Tim Brent, Jeff Skinner, Joni Pitkanen