A lower-body ailment limited Cal Clutterbuck to 66 games last season, and he saw a corresponding drop in his typically plentiful hit totals to 222 -- his lowest ever in a non-lockout-shortened campaign. He's not a guy you can count on for much offense -- 20-odd points is about as much as you'll ever see from Clutter -- so hits are where he makes his bacon for fantasy purposes. A healthier 2017-18 for the 29-year-old should see him return his hit totals to the high 200s while playing in the Isles' bottom-six ranks.
Clutterbuck believes he has figured out the reason for why he had so many groin issues last season, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Clutterbuck believes his new skates were the problem and has changed back to the old ones to help eliminate it. He had a disappointing 2016-17 campaign with only five goals, but his game has never been about lighting the lamp. Instead, he's more about forechecking and getting under the skin of opposing players. Clutterbuck will look to get back to being that annoying little gnat once again this season.
Clutterbuck (lower body) will be in lineup Thursday to take on the Stars. The fan favorite has been absent for 12 of the team's last 14 games, averaging just 7:30 of ice time with one shot on goal and two hits in those contests. It will be interesting to see how Clutterbuck is utilized Thursday, as he's been practicing since Monday, which means he may be readier for this one than he was for the two games he's suited up for since suffering the injury.
Clutterbuck (lower body) was able to practice Monday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Clutterbuck has tried and failed to come back from this injury twice over the past few weeks. He has missed 12 of the Islanders past 14 games but should once again be in the lineup versus Dallas on Thursday. The bigger question will be whether or not he can finish it. The Islanders will welcome him back as he is a valuable member of the team's fourth line.
Clutterbuck (lower body) didn't practice Friday and isn't expected to play Saturday in Columbus, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Clutterbuck has twice tried to come back from this lower body injury and both times suffered a setback. The Islanders are unlikely to let him try again until they are sure he is 100% healthy. His best chance to return to game action will be Thursday in Dallas.
Clutterbuck (lower body) is still labeled day-to-day ahead of Thursday's road game against the Habs, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. This development effectively deems Clutterbuck unavailable for the next contest, with Stephen Gionta assuming the right-wing spot on the fourth line. Opponents probably love when Clutterbuck doesn't play, as he seems to hit everything that moves -- he's collected 152 hits in 45 games this season -- while managing to stay out of the sin bin most of the time. Clutterbuck's next chance to return will be Saturday, with the Isles in Columbus.
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