Cal Clutterbuck leaves the Islanders’ win with an undisclosed injury
The Islanders left Monday feeling good Victory by 4-3 over the Flames with a stain After skating just 3:32 in the first period, forward Cal Clutterbuck left the game with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
Clutterbuck, who missed Friday’s practice in Detroit on what was called a maintenance day, appears to have been dealing with the issue for a period of time. He also sat out this year’s opener against the Panthers and missed the final six weeks of last season with a shoulder problem that required surgery.
When he has been on the ice, there is no indication that he is healing from an injury. Clutterbuck has 53 hits on the season and has even been his physical self, helping spark the fourth line to a positive start to the season.
His status for Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, however, is somewhat in doubt.
Coach Lane Lambert did not give an update on Clutterbuck after the win. Nikita Soshnikov skated in place of Clutterbuck when he missed the season opener.
The Islanders switched to their first power play unit, putting Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the half wall in place of Kyle Palmieri. While they didn’t score on their only five-on-four game opportunity (Noah Dobson’s overtime winner was four-on-three), they managed to build some momentum with the man advantage , which bridged the second and third periods. .
“I think it just comes down to Jean being a top-five, -10 tackle in the league,” Mathew Barzal said. “Not that [Brock Nelson] It’s not like that, Nelly is a great confrontational guy, but it takes some pressure off Nelly. Only he’s so automatic in the face-to-face circle, Johnny Pageau, and he’s a straight shot. Palms has a lethal shot. Either him or Johnny [in that spot]both are effective.”
Monday marked the Islanders’ first win at UBS Arena in the month of November. They didn’t win in the building until Dec. 13 of last season, with their first game (and loss) coming on Nov. 20 against the Flames.
Robin Salo was recalled from AHL Bridgeport after a one-game conditional loan. He played in Bridgeport’s loss to Providence on Sunday, but remained a healthy scratch with the Islanders on Monday as Sebastian Aho kept his spot in the lineup and scored for the first time this season.
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