Skinner will not partake in the World Championship, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Skinner finished the season with 63 points, the third time he's hit that mark in his career. More importantly, he reached 40 goals for the first time. He showed instant chemistry with Jack Eichel, and was a key cog in the Sabres offense. However, he's an unrestricted free agent, and will need to spend the upcoming months working on an extension if he's to remain in Buffalo.
Skinner scored twice Saturday in a 7-1 win over Detroit on Saturday. The second snipe was his 40th, a mark he hit for the first time in his career. Skinner has finally optimized the talent he showed as a rookie back in 2010-11 -- his 63 points this season matches the career mark he set then (and had reached again in 2016-17). It's hard to believe Skinner is just 26 years old. Target him next season. The Sabres, assuming they re-sign him, can't be this bad again and he has some talented pivots to feed him pucks.
Skinner finished with a minus-1 rating and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Ottawa. Skinner may have 37 goals this season, but he's found the back of the net just once in his last 19 contests and has now gone five straight games without a point.
Skinner had an assist on a power-play goal in a 4-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday. Skinner has four points, all helpers, in his last six contests, with three of the apples coming with a man advantage. He's fired 24 shots over that span, but his scoring luck just isn't there right now. A career 11.3 percent shooter, Skinner likely won't go much longer before finding twine again. He has 58 points and 220 shots in 66 games this season.
Skinner (ankle) rejoined the action for the start of the third period Saturday against the Capitals, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. Skinner's ankle injury looked gruesome and he required assistance when leaving the ice, so it's surprising that his ankle checked out well enough to retake the ice. Assuming his ankle holds up, the veteran winger should resume his duties on the top line and power-play unit.
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