Jeff Skinner Suspended 2 Games For Kicking Scott Nichol

March 1, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner (53) against the New York Rangers at the RBC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner has been suspended two games by the NHL for kicking Scott NIchol in Thursday's game.

The NHL has suspended Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner for two games without pay for kicking St. Louis Blues forward Scott Nichol during the 'Canes-Blues game Thursday night.

The referees didn't penalize Skinner at the time of the play, but the league reviewed the incident and deemed it worthy of handing down a pretty staunch penalty. He will miss the Hurricanes next two games, on the road Saturday and Sunday against the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets, respectively.

Skinner is only 19, so the Hurricanes hope he'll learn something from this. He's been phenomenal for them so far, scoring 41 points — 20 goals, 21 assists — in 55 games, including five points in his last five games. Though he's just 19, he's been a major contributor for the 'Canes in his first two seasons in the league.

For more news and analysis on the Hurricanes, visit Canes Country.

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