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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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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