Clifton (upper body) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald reports.

Clifton has been out of Boston's lineup since Dec. 29, but this news suggests a return is imminent. A full-contact practice indicates Clifton's upper-body injury is close to fully healed, which means there's a chance the defenseman returns this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday's game versus the Canadiens.

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