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On Sunday afternoon, the Hurricanes will play the fourth of five consecutive road games. Today’s opponent is the Atlanta Thrashers, with whom they are in a three dog fight for the eighth and final playoff spot. These next two games (at Atlanta today and at New Jersey on Wednesday) are pretty much “must win” situations. Today’s game is more than that. They need to win in regulation. If they can engineer the two wins, they will have earned six of ten points on this road trip, and everyone will be happy with that. To be honest, people will accept five of ten, but that’s not going to be good enough for me.
The pessimist will say that Carolina has lost five of their last six games. That certainly is true, but a more positive outlook is that they have earned at least one standings point in three of their last four games. They fought hard on Saturday night to force overtime and steal a point from the Lightning, and they can be proud of that.
For at least today, the Canes have recalled Jerome Samson, who is third in the American Hockey League in goals and fourth in the league in scoring. In very limited NHL ice time last season, he didn’t have very much success, but I think he’ll make a difference this time. He’s slotted in at fourth line left wing along with fellow recall Zac Dalpe, who will center that line.
On Sunday morning, the Hurricanes announced the recall of Jerome Samson and Zac Dalpe from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Zach Boychuk, who has been up and down all season will be reassigned along with Brett Sutter, who was mysteriously recalled to the big team on Saturday.
Samson (Sam-SOH) is leading the Checkers in every offensive statistical category with 54 (26/28) points through 53 games. He was one of two Checkers to appear in the AHL All-Star game, where he notched a goal and two assists. This will be his first recall of the season. He played in seven games last season, earning two assists. He wore the number 67 last season, and it looks like he’ll wear number 71 today.
Dalpe has 36 (16/20) points in 35 games with the Checkers this season. He began the season on the big team, but has been up and down. This will be his third recall. He has appeared in 14 Hurricanes games, notching three goals and an assist. On New Year’s Day, he had the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils.
The Charlotte Checkers have just completed a grueling stretch of eight games in eleven days. Included was a stretch of five games in six days. They will now have four days off before playing two in a row against the AHL worst Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers). The Checkers got off to a bit of a slow start, but in that eleven day stretch, they earned 12 of 16 points, going 5-1-0-2 along the way. They are now in second place in the East Division, third overall in the Eastern Conference.
They showed a few signs of fatigue last week, but they looked sharp towards the end of that stretch, scoring goals in big bunches. The goaltending has been pretty good, but in the two games that I attended during that stretch, the defense was a little suspect. In last night’s 6-5 win over the hapless Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders), Bobby Sanguenetti had a particularly bad time, leaving goaltender Mike Murphy in a helpless situation.
Rookie Zac Dalpe has been very good in the last two weeks. Chris Terry, Jerome Samson and Jacob Micflikier have been consistently good all season.
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes have announced that they have come to terms with 22-year old right winger Jerome Samson. This is a two-year, two-way contract, which will pay Samson $500k at the NHL level in 2010-11 and $525k in 2011-12. At the AHL level, the contract pays $105k both seasons.
In three seasons with the Albany River Rats, Samson tallied 171 (80/91) points in regular season play. He added 11 (7/4) in 15 career playoff games, including nine (6/3) points in eight playoff games this past season. He led all Rats in goals and was second in the entire AHL with 37 markers. He made his NHL debut on January 7, 2010 against the Nashville Predators,registering one assist. In total, he played in seven games and had two (0/2) points.
Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice has announced that Brandon Sutter will not be able to play tonight against the visiting
Phoenix Coyotes. Sutter suffered a “lower body injury” Thursday night against the Penguins, and didn’t feel right today in the morning skate. Not that it matters, but depending on whose account you believe, Sutter was injured (1) in a collision with Bill Guerin; (b) after getting legs tangled with Kris Letang; (iii) after being checked by Evgeny Malkin; or (D) when he got a skate in a rut and lost an edge.
Coaches were hopeful that he would return to the lineup for tonight’s home game, but it’s not going to happen. Jerome Samson has been recalled from the Rats to fill the roster spot. In one previous recall, Samson (Sam-SAWN) had one assist and four PIMs in five games. He is, by miles, the stats leader in Albany with 62 (32/30) points in 65 games. The native Quebeccer wears the extremely unusual number 67 for the Canes and 17 for the Rats.
The Hurricanes have been dealing with a lot of injuries this season, and while they are far from the top of the list in terms of man-games lost, the injuries to key players are really starting to mount. More than any season except maybe 2002-03, they’ve had to rely on players from the American League to fill the roster. For a few weeks, they’ve been playing with no less than five players from the AHL, and with the Staal situation, they’ll start tomorrow’s game with six skaters who started this season in the American Hockey League.
And don’t forget that Manny Legace didn’t even have a pro contract when this season started.
Like Hudsucker Industries, “The Future is Now” for the Carolina Hurricanes. They’re getting a very good look at the kids who will be the future of this team.
While it isn’t official, and no call-up has been made, this depth chart from the team’s official page suggests that Jerome Samson (pronounced Sam-SAWN) will indeed be the latest Rat call.
While the Hurricanes are struggling to find offense and to find themselves, things are looking good down on the farm. On Saturday, the Albany River Rats went up to Glens Falls and defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 2-1 in the first of twelve games between the two teams. Justin Peters stopped 31 of 32 shots and Jerome Samson scored the game-winner 2:21 into overtime. Through five games, the undrafted right wing has tallied nine (4/5) points.
Surprisingly, this game featured only one fight, and it occurred early in the first. So far, I’m wrong with my prediction that this series would see more fighting majors (2) than goals (3).
The Rats find themselves atop the East division of the AHL, and I’ve read some comments by Albany natives comparing this team to the 1995-96 team who won the AHL’s equivalent of the President’s Trophy with a record of 54-19-7.