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Sutter Shifts to the Wing at Practice

Tuesday, 02.10.2009 / 11:49 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Sutter Shifts to the Wing at Practice
The addition of Jussi Jokinen over the weekend gave the Canes four centers to play with against Phoenix, so Rod Brind’Amour’s return to practice on Tuesday necessitated some shifting.

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At least for today’s session, coach Paul Maurice has Brandon Sutter playing on the right wing of a line with Brind’Amour and Ryan Bayda. Jokinen, who is listed primarily as a left wing but put in a dominant 13-for-15 faceoff performance in Saturday, was centering a line with Chad LaRose and Patrick Eaves.  - Depth Chart

Assuming Jokinen’s showing in the circles wasn’t an aberration, and with a 53.0 percent success rate on the season, it probably wasn’t, this move should improve the Canes’ faceoff percentages as a whole. Sutter has the lowest percentage of any center on the roster this season at 38.3 percent.

 

Of course, it’s too early to suggest the switch is permanent, as another decision will need to be made when Scott Walker returns to the lineup. He’s not here at practice today, however.

I’ll update after we can talk to Maurice after practice. Also, Dennis Seidenberg is back, but the fact that Bryan Rodney is still with the team suggests that there is still some uncertainty about his status for Thursday’s game against Florida.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
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C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60