Cal Clutterbuck exits Islanders’ win with undisclosed injury

Cal Clutterbuck exits Islanders’ win with undisclosed injury

The Islanders left Monday’s feel-good 4-3 victory over the Flames with one blemish. After skating simply 3:32 throughout the first interval, ahead Cal Clutterbuck left the sport with an undisclosed harm and didn’t return. 

Clutterbuck, who missed Friday’s follow in Detroit with what was referred to as a upkeep day, appears to have been coping with the difficulty for a time period. He additionally sat out this yr’s opener towards the Panthers and missed the ultimate six weeks of final season with a shoulder difficulty that required surgical procedure. 

When he’s been on the ice, there’s been no indication that he’s nursing an harm. Clutterbuck has 53 hits on the season and has been each bit his bodily self, serving to spark the fourth line to a constructive begin to the season. 

Cal Clutterbuck makes successful throughout the Islanders’ win over the Flames. Getty Pictures

His standing for Tuesday’s recreation towards the Rangers at Madison Sq. Backyard, although, is in a point of doubt. 

Coach Lane Lambert didn’t give an replace on Clutterbuck following the win. Nikita Soshnikov skated in Clutterbuck’s place when he missed the season opener. 

The Islanders made a swap to their first power-play unit, placing Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the half-wall instead of Kyle Palmieri. Although they didn’t rating on their solely five-on-four likelihood of the sport — Noah Dobson’s extra time winner was at four-on-three — they managed to generate some momentum from the man-advantage, which bridged the second and third durations. 

“I feel it simply comes all the way down to Jean is a top-five, -10 faceoff man within the league,” Mathew Barzal mentioned. “Not that [Brock Nelson] isn’t, Nelly’s an ideal faceoff man, however takes slightly stress off Nelly. Simply he’s so automated within the faceoff circle, Johnny Pageau, and he’s a right-shot. Palms has a deadly shot. Whether or not it’s him or Johnny [in that spot], they’re each efficient.” 

Monday marked the Islanders’ first-ever win at UBS Area within the month of November. They went winless within the constructing till Dec. 13 of final season, with their first recreation (and loss) approaching Nov. 20 towards the Flames. 

Robin Salo was recalled from AHL Bridgeport after a one-game conditioning mortgage. He performed in Bridgeport’s loss on Sunday to Windfall, however continued to be a wholesome scratch with the Islanders on Monday, as Sebastian Aho stored his spot within the lineup and scored for the primary time this season.

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