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Mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes are hoping the possible return of Jeff Skinner can help them change that.
The Tampa Bay Lightning may not mind if Skinner sits out one more game.
The reigning Calder Trophy winner may get a chance to continue his success against the Lightning when the Hurricanes visit Tampa on Thursday night.
Carolina (14-23-7) is one point behind the New York Islanders in the East. That's a significant drop from the Hurricanes' performance last season, when they missed out on the final playoff spot by two points.
Not having Skinner for 14 games this season hasn't helped, as Carolina went 5-6-3.
The 19-year-old center is nearing a return from a concussion, and at the time of the injury he was leading the Hurricanes with 12 goals and 12 assists. He's been cleared for contact at practice, but it's still u...