RALEIGH, N.C. -- The injuries are mounting for the Carolina Hurricanes, including a concussion to forward Jeff Skinner that will sideline the third-year player indefinitely.
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."
Thursday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets will mark the NHL debut of defenseman Ryan Murphy, the Hurricanes' first-round selection (No. 12) in the 2011 NHL Draft. Murphy was recalled on an emergency basis from the Kitchener Rangers to replace Jamie McBain. Murphy has eight goals and 39 points in 46 games for his Ontario Hockey League team.
"I called my friends and family and headed on a plane out here," said Murphy, who got word of his call-up as he was headed onto the ice to practice with Kitchener on Wednesday. "I'm pretty excited. I have nothing to lose. It's an emergency basis, obviously. So I'll come up here and soak it all in. At the end of the day, I'll be back in Kitchener and I'll go back with a couple games under my belt."
Muller said McBain is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury. The Hurricanes' blue line also is missing veterans Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen.
Center Tim Brent was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game:
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Alexander Burmistrov – Nik Antropov
Eric Tangradi – Olli Jokinen – Kyle Wellwood
James Wright – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn
Grant Clitsome – Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey – Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart – Paul Postma
Injuries: Tobias Enstrom, Antti Miettinen, Al Montoya, Zach Redmond
Scratches: Anthony Peluso
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Drayson Bowman – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer
Andreas Nodl – Jussi Jokinen – Tim Wallace
Chad LaRose – Riley Nash – Kevin Westgarth
Jay Harrison – Ryan Murphy
Justin Faulk – Joe Corvo
Michal Jordan – Bobby Sanguinetti
Injured: Jeff Skinner, Tim Brent, Tim Gleason, Joni Pitkanen, Tuomo Ruutu
Scratch: Jeremy Welsh