Clifford reached seven goals in a season for the third time with his early marker, but his team fell short in a 4-1 loss to Ottawa on Thursday. The fact that seven goals is a career high for Clifford tells you all you need to know about him; he's in your lineup if your league counts hits and penalty minutes, and he's not at all useful otherwise.
Clifford (upper body) will rejoin the lineup versus Arizona on Thursday, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. Clifford missed the last seven games as a result of his upper-body issue. Prior to getting hurt, the winger was starting to heat up with two goals in his previous four outings. For now, Clifford is poised to slot into a bottom-six role, but that could certainly change once he gets his legs back under him.
Clifford (upper body) won't play Saturday against San Jose. Clifford will miss a sixth consecutive game Saturday and remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return to game action. LA should release another update on the physical winger's status once he's deemed fit to play.
Clifford (upper body) won't travel with the Kings on their upcoming four-game road trip, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. It was already known that Clifford was out Monday against the Red Wings, but this news extends his timeline to return. The sense is that the 27-year-old is dealing with a potential concussion, and he has a history of concussions, which is concerning. His next chance to return is next Tuesday against the Jets.
Clifford (upper body) did not accompany his team to Detroit following the team's win Saturday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports. Clifford suffered a nasty blow to the head on a hard hit in open ice and was forced to leave Saturday's contest. Already ruled out for Monday, expect the 27-year-old to be out longer than just a single game. The team did not provide a timeline for Clifford but he does have a history with concussions, having suffered one back in 2012. It's yet another injury for an already depleted roster to contend with.
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