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Hurricanes news roundup: Patrick Brown recalled; Skinner to play Tuesday; Staal returns in Vancouver?

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Some notes from Sunday's practice at PNC...

Bruce Bennett

A few notes from an otherwise nondescript day of practice Sunday for the Carolina Hurricanes:

  • Coach Bill Peters expects that Jeff Skinner, who has been sidelined with a concussion since the start of the regular season, will make his season debut on Tuesday when the Canes face the Winnipeg Jets in the first of four straight games in western Canada. Skinner was taken off injured reserve last Friday and has been a full participant in practices since last Wednesday. Andrej Sekera and John-Michael Liles, neither of whom practiced today, are likely to play in Winnipeg as well.
  • Peters also said that captain Eric Staal (upper-body) will travel with the team and may be able to play in the final game of the road trip, October 28 at Vancouver.
  • As for Nathan Gerbe and Patrick Dwyerneither are expected to play Tuesday although Gerbe may return sooner than Dwyer.
  • The Canes sent Brody Sutter and Patrick Brown to Charlotte last Friday to allow them to play in the Checkers' first two home games. Today, the Canes recalled Brown for an extra body to have on the road trip. The release from the team is below.
  • And, what the heck: open comment thread! Have fun.
HURRICANES RECALL PATRICK BROWN
Rookie appeared in two games for the Checkers over the weekend

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Patrick Brown from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Brown, 22, appeared in two games during Charlotte's weekend homestand. The Bloomfield Hills, MI, native made his NHL debut with Carolina on Oct. 10, and has averaged 9:37 of ice time while playing in all four of the Hurricanes' games this season. In 2013-14, Brown (6'1", 210 lbs.) scored 15 goals and earned 15 assists (30 points) in 40 games during his senior season at Boston College. The son of two-time Stanley Cup-champion Doug Brown, he is in his first professional season after having signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent on April 12, 2014.