Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 02/02/10 at 11:59 PM ET
On Monday night, the banged-up Hurricanes lost 4-2 to the banged-up Oilers. The Hurricanes, though, played the game with only 17 skaters. The injury to Sharpie left the team with only 11 healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen. I’m not sure why, but the team didn’t recall a Rat to fill the roster on Monday.
For Wednesday’s game, the team has dipped into the Albany reserve. Zach Boychuk? No. Jerome Samson? No. Drayson Bowman? No. How ‘bout Chris Terry? Nope. They went with Steven Goertzen. Who?
Goertzen, who was signed as a free agent last summer, has recorded just 13 (6/7) points with the Rats this season. He has played in 62 career NHL games: 16 with Phoenix last season and 36 with Columbus spread over two seasons. His NHL total offensive output is just four (2/2) points.
I’m not sure what this move is all about, but it’s possible that Goertzen won’t even dress. Coach Paul Maurice has said that defenseman Joe Corvo is “probable” for Wednesday’s game at Calgary. Corvo hasn’t played since suffering a leg laceration on November 30, and looks to return at the very front end of the “two to three months” window. If Corvo is a go, the Canes will almost certainly dress seven defensemen and put Goertzen in the press box as a healthy scratch.
The River Rats, meanwhile, have a home game against the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.