Jeff Skinner LW CAR Nov 04 '78

Coach Kirk Muller liked the way Jeff Skinner responded in Tuesday's loss to the Lightning after he was taken off Jordan Staal's line.

"I do see a maturity level. Responding the way he did was an easy assessment of how he handled the criticism," Muller said Wednesday. "I thought he was our best forward (Tuesday). He had a good game." Muller added that he wants to see that level of play consistently from the 20-year-old forward. Skinner is still working on his defensive-zone awareness, but it is something he would like to improve. He was back practicing with Jordan Staal and Zac Dalpe on Wednesday.