Clifton (undisclosed) participated in practice Wednesday in a non-contact jersey and is not ready to return for Game 4, Marisa Ingemi of The Boston Herald reports. Clifton's progress is an encouraging sign, but he'll need to shed the no-contact jersey before being considered to rejoin the lineup. Even when healthy, the blueliner owns just one assist and no goals through 19 contests, presenting little upside from a fantasy standpoint.
Clifton (upper body) won't play in Monday's playoff game against the Maple Leafs. With Clifton considered day-to-day by the Bruins, Steven Kampfer will rejoin the team's lineup Monday and is slated to work on a defensive pairing with Matt Grzelcyk.
Clifton exited Saturday's win over the Maple Leafs with an undisclosed injury, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports. Coach Bruce Cassidy didn't have an update on Clifton's condition after the game. Torey Krug (undisclosed) also left the contest with an injury, so Cassidy signaled he may need to dip into the minor-league ranks for reinforcements since the Bruins only have five healthy defensemen at the moment.
Clifton made his playoff debut in Thursday's Game 1 against the Maple Leafs, a 4-1 loss. After only 19 regular-season appearances for the rookie, Clifton made the starting lineup for Game 1 over Steven Kampfer. With both Kevan Miller (lower body) and John Moore (upper body) on the shelf, Clifton was the go-to man, skating 11:25 and ending a minus-1. Once Moore is ready to go, expect Clifton to sit.
Clifton was credited with an assist for his first NHL points during Saturday's 7-3 win over the Panthers. Clifton owes the marker to the hard work of his teammates, as his initial pass was set to be icing before David Backes hustled for the puck and sent it in front for Noel Acciari who finished off the play. It took the 2013 fifth-round pick 14 games to pick up his first point, all coming this season.
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