OTTAWA -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, injured Tuesday in the game against the Ottawa Senators, will return to Raleigh today for further medical examination.
The Hurricanes are to fly Wednesday to Winnipeg for a Thursday game against the Jets.
Skinner left the game and did not return after an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen in the first period. It was deemed an upper-body injury.
Skinner, 20, has suffered concussions in each of the past two seasons. He missed 16 games last season after taking an open-ice hit from Andy Sutton of the Edmonton Oilers, and was out five games this season after being knocked into the boards by Mark Fraser of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Feb. 14 game.
Skinner had scored goals in two straight games before Tuesday's game and leads the Canes with 144 shots on goal.
Cowen, 6-5 and 230 pounds, hit Skinner, listed at 5-11 and 200 pounds, in the head during the collision. He was not called for a penalty for the hit.
Canes coach Kirk Muller, asked after the game if he considered it a clean hit, said, "I think you've got a big guy coming down on a shorter guy and you catch him high, in the upper body. ... It's a tough one there, a tough one to call."
Canes forward Chad LaRose, who was playing with Skinner on Jordan Staal's line, immediately dropped the gloves and went after Cowen. It was the first of five fights in the game after the Skinner hit -- seemingly a ripple effect from Cowen targeting Skinner.
"That was huge what (LaRose) did after (Skinner) got hit," Canes defenseman Justin Faulk said. "He stepped up as any teammate would do in that situation."
Of the lack of a penalty on Cowen, Faulk said. "The refs made a call. I don't know if I necessarily agree with it. But I don't want to get too into that. That's Brendan Shanahan's job. He'll handle it if he thinks it was bad."
Shanahan, the NHL's Department of Player Safety chief, is responsible for disciplinary issues.
Canes forward Kevin Westgarth fought Cowen later in the game.
"It's terrible to see when a guy gets hit like that," Westgarth said. "It's not going to be accepted by anybody on our team."