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Skinner, Pitkanen out indefinitely with concussions

Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 2:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Skinner, Pitkanen out indefinitely with concussions
Carolina forward Jeff Skinner has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford announced in a statement Wednesday. Rutherford also updated the status of defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who also suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely.
 
Skinner, 19, currently leads the Hurricanes in goals (12) and points (24). He has missed the team's last two games, marking the first games he has missed in his NHL career.

Pitkanen, 28, leads all Hurricanes defensemen in assists (9) and points (12), and is tied for first among Carolina blueliners with 3 goals. He has missed the team's last three games.
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