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Rodney to Help Power Play?

Tuesday, 12.14.2010 / 1:48 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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With defenseman Jay Harrison not scheduled to make the Hurricanes’ two-game trip through Florida and Atlanta, the team will use the opportunity to potentially boost its struggling power play.

According to Paul Maurice, part of why the team chose to recall Bryan Rodney instead of Brett Carson from Charlotte of the American Hockey League, a move that will be made official Tuesday evening, was that it could help a man-advantage unit that has not converted since Nov. 26 and has a chance to tie its longest drought since 2004 (seven games) on Wednesday.

As the go-to quarterback of a Charlotte power play that ranks third in the AHL with a 21.8 percent success rate, Rodney should at least bring some confidence that the Hurricanes have been lacking. The fact that all 5 of his goals this season have come in his last nine games reinforces that fact.

Over his past 30 games of NHL experience stretched out over the last two seasons, Rodney has seen significant time on the power play. In 22 games last season, he averaged 2:29 of ice time on the man advantage.  He finished the campaign on a nice run, notching assists in each of the Hurricanes' final three contests.

It remains to be seen how often he'll be used as he’s not replacing a power-play guy in Harrison, but it’s worth noting that he ranks tied for ninth in AHL scoring among defensemen (5g, 13a) and that seven of his 13 career NHL points have come on the power play.

Maurice added that part of the equation was the side of the ice that Rodney covers, with General Manager Jim Rutherford and Assistant General Manager Jason Karmanos both indicating in recent weeks that Rodney could have seen games earlier were a left-sided defenseman needed. As a right-sided player, Brett Carson got the nod for previous recalls.

According to Maurice, Rodney should slide in alongside Ian White at even strength, with Joni Pitkanen pairing with Jamie McBain. The top pairing of Tim Gleason and Joe Corvo will remain intact.

Harrison’s absence on the upcoming trip will be just the fifth and sixth man games lost to injury for the Hurricanes this season, with Pitkanen and Sergei Samsonov missing two each in October and November, respectively.


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  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
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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

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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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81