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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72