Flight Problem Keeps Sutter Grounded
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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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.