Jeff Skinner returns to goal-starved Carolina, rubs it in just a bit

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Averaging more goals on a per-game basis than only the Kings, Ducks and Coyotes, the Carolina Hurricanes are on a path toward a decade’s worth of postseason misses primarily due to the simple fact that they just don’t score enough goals.

So it must be especially painful for die-hard fans of the franchise keeping tabs on Jeff Skinner to watch the former ‘Cane score goals at the very height of the profession this season with the Buffalo Sabres.

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And mildly excruciating to see Skinner — today voted into the All-Star Game, no less — hit something of a benchmark for top-end NHL goal scorers in his first visit back to goal-starved Carolina on Friday with his 30th goal:

Only Alex Ovechkin reached the standard quicker this season.

Entering the contest, Sebastian Aho was the only Hurricane on pace to cross the 30-goal threshold with his 16 goals, but only narrowly. (He did score Nos. 17 and 18 versus the Sabres to increase his odds in joining Skinner in the 30-goal club.)

It was prospect Cliff Pu and three draft picks that the Hurricanes (in the absence of top-end forward talent now vowing to not ever take a defenseman in the first round) received in return for Skinner, by the way.


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