Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, who has missed the past 11 games with an upper-body injury, may be able to return to the lineup Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings, Canes coach Kirk Muller said Wednesday.
Muller said a decision would be reached Thursday after the morning skate.
Skinner was hurt Oct. 24 in the Canes' road game at Minnesota. He has practiced with the team and was at the morning skate Monday before the Boston Bruins game at PNC Arena, but has been unable to play.
"It's been frustrating," Skinner said. "It's tough to watch. But the last six, seven games we've been playing pretty well.
"My role will be to chip in offensively. But coming back the main focus is to make the transition as smooth as possible. The team has done a great job defending and being responsible in our own end and working out from there. That will be main focus coming back, being responsible."
With winger Alexander Semin out indefinitely with a concussion, Skinner was placed on Eric ...