Clifford (upper body) has been officially activated from injured reserve and is expected to rejoin the lineup Thursday against the Ducks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Clifford has been sidelined since mid-December with the upper-body injury, but a recent conditioning stint indicated that he was on the cusp of rejoining the lineup. It appears that return will come Thursday, barring something unforeseen, and the 25-year-old winger is expected to slot in alongside Nick Shore and Tanner Pearson after taking morning rushes with them.
Clifford (upper body) was recalled from his conditioning stint with AHL Ontario on Sunday. Clifford's upper-body injury has kept him sidelined since early December, but his recall from the conditioning stint could indicate he'll be ready to rejoin the lineup Tuesday for the team's first game after the All-Star break. If that's the case, the Kings would need to activate him from injured reserve beforehand.
Clifford (upper body) was sent to AHL Ontario on a conditioning assignment. Clifford has been out of the lineup since Dec. 6, missing 23 contests so far. A conditioning stint, regardless of whether or not he suits up in a game for Ontario, is a good sign for the 25-year-old to return to action. Even when the winger gets healthy, don't expect him to start putting up huge numbers as he has just three points in 26 outings this season.
Clifford (upper body) still has yet to resume skating with the team but feels like he is making progress, LA Kings Insider reports. "We're just following protocol and obviously taking it one day at a time. It's just one of those things that you've got to be patient with. Things, they feel like they're on the up, so it's a good sign," Clifford said. Clifford's been sidelined since December 6 and has been skating at the end of practices for over a week now but still hasn't been cleared to resume the contact portion of practice.
Clifford (upper body) was on the ice following the morning skate Thursday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports. Clifford continues to rehab the upper-body ailment which has kept him from playing since Dec. 6, when he originally sustained the injury. Based on this development, it appears that Clifford still has to clear some hurdles and practice with the team before the Kings would consider plugging him back into the lineup.
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