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Carolina forward Jeff Skinner out after suffering concussion in preseason finale at Washington

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has been diagnosed with a concussion.

General manager Ron Francis disclosed the diagnosis Monday and said doctors will continue to monitor Skinner in the coming days.

The 22-year-old Skinner was hurt during a 5-2 loss at Washington in the Hurricanes' preseason finale. He was hit by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen immediately following a faceoff.

Skinner is the second key Carolina player to be hurt this preseason. Center Jordan Staal will miss 4-6 months after breaking a bone in his leg on Sept. 23 at Buffalo.

Skinner has missed games with concussions in two of the past three years.

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