Jeff Skinner hasn’t had a particularly easy 2013-14 campaign. In fact, he’s struggled with injuries and consistencies since winning the Calder Trophy following the 2010-11 season. That was two years ago, and the 21-year-old has had a hard time reaching the same high level of play that he did as a rookie.
He reminded the Carolina Hurricanes and fans around the NHL that he still has some chops last night though. He burned the Nashville Predators for a hat trick as the ‘Canes secured their second consecutive victory.
With Carolina trailing 2-1 in the second period, Skinner took a nice breakout pass from Ryan Murphy and managed to sneak one by Marek Mazanec.
Riley Nash would give the Hurricanes the 3-2 lead before Skinner scored his second goal of the night while on the power play.
That’s just a massive and heavy shot from Skinner. He glanced around, saw no one open and just finished the play himself to give the ‘Canes the 4-2 lead. He wasn’t done yet though.
Trailing late in the third period, the Predators pull while looking for the equalizer. They ended up handing Skinner a hat trick instead.
Suddenly the youngster has five goals in his last two games and six in his last four, and has seen his goal total jump to 9. Carolina needs play like this from Skinner if they hope to remain relevant in the playoff chase.