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Flight Problem Keeps Sutter Grounded

by Paul Branecky / Carolina Hurricanes
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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