Skinner was assigned to AHL Bakersfield on Sunday. Mike Smith (undisclosed) returned from long-term injured reserve Sunday, so he and Mikko Koskinen will operate as a tandem in the Oilers' crease going forward. Skinner made his NHL debut last Sunday, allowing five goals on 38 shots in a win over the Senators. The 22-year-old will continue his development in the minors.
Skinner was activated from the taxi squad Saturday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports. After the Kings claimed Troy Grosenick off waivers Saturday, Skinner was moved back to the active roster to serve as Mikko Koskinen's backup. Skinner made his NHL debut last Sunday, allowing five goals on 38 shots but securing the win due to plenty of offensive support. Koskinen has been a workhorse thus far, but Skinner may get starts in back-to-back sets.
The Oilers assigned Skinner to their taxi squad Tuesday. Skinner is behind Mikko Koskinen and Troy Grosenick on Edmonton's depth chart, so there's no reason to have him on the active roster. The 22-year-old backstop made his NHL debut Sunday, picking up a win over Ottawa despite surrendering five goals on 38 shots.
Skinner gave up five goals on 38 shots in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Senators. While it wasn't the cleanest of performances, Skinner can say he won his NHL debut after Sunday's performance. The 22-year-old's performance was likely why head coach Dave Tippett waited so long to give someone other than Mikko Koskinen a start. Skinner shouldn't be expected to get much more playing time -- the Oilers' next back-to-back is Feb. 8 and 9 in Ottawa, and Mike Smith (undisclosed) may be ready to be activated off of injured reserve by then.
Skinner will start between the pipes for Sunday's home game against Ottawa, Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca reports. Skinner will be making his first career NHL start Sunday as he's been handling No. 3 duties this season behind Mikko Koskinen and Troy Grosenick. The 22-year-old spent much of the past season with AHL Bakersfield, going 16-17-8 along with a 3.31 GAA and .892 save percentage. Skinner will face an Ottawa team that sits dead last in the division, and the Sens have averaged a measly 2.13 goals per game this season.
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