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Fathers, and a brother, along for the trip

MONTREAL — Brandon Sutter would love to have his father along for the Canes' trip to Montreal.

Dad can't make it. But big brother could.

Sutter's father, Brent, is the coach of the Calgary Flames, so he's got plenty to do. Merrick Sutter, 23, was happy to take his place. Merrick said he's never been to Montreal before.

"It's good," Brandon Sutter said today. "Obviously my dad is busy with what he's doing, so it was a good chance for my brother and he's pretty excited to be here."

Samsonov rejoins lineup; O'Sullivan out

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Canes coach Paul Maurice said forward Sergei Samsonov would rejoin the lineup tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes and that Patrick O'Sullivan would be a healthy scratch.

Maurice wanted to wait until after the morning skate today to see about the status of Samsonov, who has missed the last two games, and center Brandon Sutter, who had an upper-body concern.

"He feels better, he feel stronger," Maurice said of Sutter, who has not missed any playing time. "We were hopeful of that, that after some days off (between games) he would have better strength. He's ready."

Canes 4, Wild 3 (Helsinki, Finland)

Brandon Sutter had a pair of goals, and Jussi Jokinen a goal and assist today as the Hurricanes edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in the season-opener in the NHL Premiere at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

Goals by Anton Babchuk, Jokinen and Sutter in the second period pushed the Canes ahead 4-2. The Wild pulled within 4-3 late in the third but Cam Ward (26 saves) and the Canes held on.

"For our first game out, our first game in Europe,  the first game for two players and four others who had not played a lot, I'm pretty pleased with the result," Canes coach Paul Maurice said.

Monday debate: wearing the A's

The Canes will have new alternate captains this season, with a number of good choices to wear the "A."

Tim Gleason may be a given. Brandon Sutter may be ready to take on the responsibility. But there several good choices.

Who are your choices? The floor is open.

What the Wild's depth at center means for the Canes

I got a fair amount of email about my contention Sunday that if the Hurricanes traded up to draft Tyler Seguin, it would give them a 1-2-3 punch at center "as strong as" any in the NHL.

"What about Pittsburgh?" the emails argued. Well, yeah, the Penguins are better. But what about the other 28 teams in the NHL? That's a better question.

Sutter back at practice, should play

Brandon Sutter's leg injury will apparently keep him out of just one game, meaning he should be available for perhaps the Canes' most important game of the season.

The Canes center returned to practice today, and coach Paul Maurice said Sutter was fine after it and should be in the lineup Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. Defenseman Tim Gleason, who did not practice today, also should play, Maurice said.

Sutter to miss game; Peters to start

Center Brandon Sutter, who suffered a leg injury Thursday against Pittsburgh, will not play tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes but could return soon, coach Paul Maurice said today.

The Canes also will give Justin Peters his second straight start after his 37-save effort in the 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins.

Maurice said Sutter was hurt on a noncontact play, losing an edge in the corner during the first period. He left the game for good after a collision with Evgeni Malkin of the Pens with about 5:30 left in the period.

"We're hopeful in a couple of days he's get a little more healing in and he'll be ready," Maurice said. "He tried it this morning and just didn't feel comfortable."

Maurice "hopeful" Sutter can play Saturday

Canes center Brandon Sutter, who suffered a leg injury Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, has not been ruled out for Saturday'shome game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Coach Paul Maurice said Sutter would be further evaluated today and said he was "hopeful" would be able to play.

Hoping, believing the streak will end

Is this the night? Does the Canes' winless streak end at 13?

"I hope so, yes," center Brandon Sutter said. "I think we're getting closer and closer. It seems like we've been kind of putting it off, and we can't lose any more games here."

But Tuomo Ruutu was more definitive about the game with the Islanders.

"Tonight is the night. I've really got to believe it," he said, sitting in his locker after the morning skate. "Yeah, it's tonight. I feel it."

Leafs 3, Canes 2

RALEIGH -- Good or bad teams, Eastern or Western Conference,
American or Canadian, the Carolina Hurricanes do not discriminate when
it comes to losing.

The Canes dropped their 11th straight on Friday night, a 3-2
disappointment to the equally generous Toronto Maple Leafs, who are
riding high in 29th place in the NHL standings compared to the basement
the Canes inhabit.

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