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Flight Problem Keeps Sutter Grounded

Saturday, 02.28.2009 / 10:36 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Flight Problem Keeps Sutter Grounded
Another Update (Saturday - 2:15 p.m.): It appears that Sutter won't be able to make it to Atlanta for tonight's game due to a cancelled flight, so the Canes won't recall him after all.

Since the Canes are off until Tuesday after tonight, Sutter will likely play for Albany tonight at Syracuse (if he can make it) and tomorrow at home against Norfolk.

Update (Saturday - 10:30 a.m.):
Brandon Sutter will be recalled by the Hurricanes today in time for tonight's game in Atlanta. 

The move is likely a combination of Sutter's impressive showing in the AHL (see below) and the need for another center in the Canes' lineup.  Eric Staal and Rod Brind'Amour took turns double-shifting on a line with Ryan Bayda and Tim Conboy against Buffalo on Thursday.


Brandon Sutter's two-week conditioning assignment is proving to be a successful one, as the 20-year-old center scored twice in Albany's 3-2 loss against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night.

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Sutter now has three goals in two AHL games this season, which is two more than he has in 50 games with the Hurricanes.  He recorded one goal and three assists in a 14-game stint with the River Rats last season.

While the AHL doesn't keep time on ice as an official stat, Sutter is reportedly being used extensively in all situations.  He had one power play goal and one shorthanded goal tonight to go along with his even-strength tally on Wednesday.

An account of Sutter's goals, courtesy of Albany's Owen Newkirk:
  • The River Rats answered right back to tie the game at 2-2 with a power play goal on a great passing connection between Noah Babin and Brandon Sutter.  Babin drew all the attention in his direction in the high slot and then snapped a clever pass to the far post to Sutter for a back door goal at 3:39, Sutter’s second goal in as many games. 
     
  • The Penguins skated back up the ice and Sutter caused a turnover and skated off on another breakaway.  Sutter threw a fake, went to his backhand and slid the puck around Curry and into the net for his second goal of the game, an unassisted shorthanded goal, and a 3-2 Albany lead at 5:30.
Sutter and the Rats play two more games before the weekend is over, closing out a three-game road trip Saturday night before returning to Albany Sunday for their first home game since last week's bus accident.  Prior to the game, the team is planning to honor the emergency workers who assisted them following the crash.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81