Skinner lit the lamp twice, added an assist, and registered six shots on goal against the Sabres on Friday.
That's back-to-back games with three points for Skinner, who's having a great season. He now has 17 goals and 18 assists in 41 games. Just as importantly, he has 149 shots, which is an indication of just how involved he's been offensively this year.
Skinner scored his 15th goal and added two assists (one on an empty-netter) to go with a plus-3 rating en route to a 5-3 win over Columbus on Tuesday.
As was the case for linemate Victor Rask, who also notched three points, Skinner's big night represented his first multi-point output since Dec. 13. The 24-year-old sniper is on track to record his first 60-point campaign since his rookie season of 2010-11, and he should at least come close to scoring 30 goals (something he's already accomplished twice) in the process.
The helper was Skinner's second point in as many games, putting the five-game pointless drought he had prior to that firmly in the rearview mirror. Now with 29 points in 38 games, Skinner remains on pace to crack the 60-point barrier for the first time since his career-best rookie campaign back in 2010-11. After several injury-plagued and otherwise unproductive seasons, it looks like Skinner has finally re-established himself as as legitimate top-six NHL scorer. Use him well.
Skinner scored on one of his three shots Thursday in Buffalo.
Skinner opened the scoring with his 13th goal of the season and fourth in the past four games. The 24-year-old winger is on pace to set a new career high with 34 goals, and has now scored at least 13 in each of his first seven professional seasons.