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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62