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Report: Skinner leaves preseason game with upper body injury

Carolina Hurricanes v Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 01: Jeff Skinner #53 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Justin K. Aller

According to reports, Carolina Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner has left the team’s preseason game this afternoon after taking an elbow to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Here’s a look at the play (h/t @Bryan_mac39):

The hit occurred in the first period. Niskanen was not penalized.

Skinner left the game and it has been reported he will not return due to an upper body injury.

Looked like Niskanen got Skinner with his elbow right in the head. No call. Skinner a bit wobbly getting up.

— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) October 5, 2014

Star injury alert: Matt Niskanen puts his shoulder into Jeff Skinner, who wobbles to the dressing room. #CapsCanes #CapitalsTalk

— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) October 5, 2014

Sunday’s news is not good considering Skinner has a history of concussion problems.

It has been a brutal preseason for the Canes who lost their second line center Jordan Staal for 3-4 months in September after an awkward collision with Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges.

Sunday marks the final day of the NHL preseason schedule with the games getting going for real Oct. 8.

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