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Rodney, Ryan Recalled for Tonight

Thursday, 01.29.2009 / 11:34 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Rodney, Ryan Recalled for Tonight
Dennis Seidenberg’s lower-body concern hasn’t healed enough for him to participate in tonight’s home game against Tampa Bay, so the team has recalled Bryan Rodney from Albany to take his place.
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Rodney played two games with the Hurricanes earlier this year – back-to-back shootout losses in Philadelphia and New York – and posted a plus 1 plus/minus rating with no points. He logged 23:39 minutes in the first of those games - his NHL debut.

He’ll join Albany teammate Michael Ryan in the lineup. Like Rodney, Ryan also played two games with the Hurricanes earlier this year, but Ryan has more NHL experience. He’s played 67 career games, mostly with Buffalo, scoring 13 points.

Ryan has been on a roll lately. The 28-year-old forward, who is replacing the injured Scott Walker, has 13 goals in his last 10 games with the River Rats. That doesn’t include the extra two he potted for PlanetUSA in Monday night’s All-Star game, during which he took a game-high nine shots on goal.

“It was a little boring at the start, so I tried to pick it up a little bit,” said Ryan with a laugh when describing his All-Star performance. “I decided that I was going just start firing the thing.”

Having played so well for so long, it’s a fitting reward for a player that would have been here much sooner if not for an uncharacteristically good run of health among the Hurricanes’ forward ranks. In a similar position to start last season, both Keith Aucoin and Ryan Bayda played over 30 games with Carolina.

“I remember Mike Ryan from coaching against him in the American league a few years back,” said coach Paul Maurice. “He’s got some wheels, he’s not afraid to go to the net and right now he’s got an awful lot of confidence in his game. We’d like to see him feel free to score a goal.”

Maurice said he would move Tuomo Ruutu up to Matt Cullen’s line with Ray Whitney and keep his top two lines consistent, but would change combinations on his third and fourth lines during the game.

Look for Ryan to start with Brandon Sutter and Ryan Bayda, with Patrick Eaves moving up with Rod Brind’Amour and Chad LaRose.


 

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