Clutterbuck was included on the Islanders' protected-player list ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
With just 11 points in 50 games last season, a casual observer might be perplexed by this development. But those that follow the Islanders know how valuable Clutterbuck is to the club's fourth line, which is arguably the best in the league with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas. Clutterbuck ran wild with 191 hits last year, so clearly the Isles decided his physicality and veteran leadership were too valuable to potentially lose to Seattle. Martin was also protected, while Cizikas was not.
Clutterbuck registered a pair of assists and a team-leading six shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4. He also had three hits and two PIM.
The veteran winger turned in an inspired all-around effort, setting up goals by Mathew Barzal and Matt Martin in the second period while producing his best shots-on-goal total of the entire 2020-21 season. Clutterbuck has had a nice playoff in his typical bottom-six role, providing seven points and a plus-6 rating in 16 games.
Clutterbuck picked up a goal on two shots and dished out five hits in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 3.
Clutterbuck got his stick on a loose puck during a massive goalmouth scramble and poked it through Andrei Vasilevskiy, squaring the game at 1-1 with 20 seconds left in the middle stanza. It was the fourth goal of the postseason for the 33-year-old veteran, who skated just under 13 minutes of ice time in his typical bottom-six role.
Clutterbuck scored an empty-net goal on two shots and dished out four hits in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Bruins in Game 6.
The veteran gave the Islanders some insurance in the final minute of the third period, finding the empty cage from center ice. It was the third goal of the playoffs for Clutterbuck, and his first of the series.
Clutterbuck posted an assist, four hits and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 4.
Clutterbuck set up Casey Cizikas for an empty-net goal in the third period. The 33-year-old Clutterbuck remains more of a physical presence than a scoring threat. He's picked up two goals, one assist, 54 hits and a plus-4 rating through 10 playoff contests in a fourth-line role.
Clutterbuck scored twice on two third-period shots in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 3. He also had four hits and two PIM.
That was an unexpected jolt of offense from a player who scored just seven times over the last two seasons combined. Clutterbuck brought the Islanders to within 3-2 early in the third period with a rebound on the doorstep, then he made it a 4-4 game less than 11 minutes later when Scott Mayfield's point shot deflected off Clutterbuck's body. It was the first two-goal game since Jan. 2019 for the 33-year-old winger.
Clutterbuck scored a short-handed goal an added an assist Tuesday in a 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo. He also had three hits and two shots.
Clutterbuck, who entered the night without a point in his previous 12 games, jumped on a turnover in the neutral zone and beat Michael Houser on a breakaway to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead midway through the second period. He also picked up an assist earlier in the stanza on a Ryan Pulock goal, giving the 33-year-old Clutterbuck his first multi-point game all season. The veteran depth forward has four goals and seven assists in 48 appearances on the year.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) is available to play Thursday versus the Capitals, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Clutterbuck had been out of the lineup for the Isles for three straight games due to the injury. He is expected to play on his normal line with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin on Thursday. Clutterbuck has had a disappointing season with only three goals, six assists, and a rating of minus-6.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) was a game-time decision but will not play Tuesday against the Rangers, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Clutterbuck will miss his third straight game Tuesday but he appears to be close to a return. The 33-year-old has nine points in 41 games this season. He'll be considered day-to-day ahead of Thursday's tilt with Washington.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) won't be available for Sunday's road clash with Philadelphia, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The specifics of the injury remain unclear, as Clutterbuck is set to miss his second consecutive contest. The 33-year-old continues to be a physical presence in the lineup, as he's racked up nine points, 147 hits and 20 blocks across 41 games this season. Matt Martin and Leo Komarov are expected to man the wings on the fourth line for Sunday's game with Clutterbuck sidelined.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will not be available for Friday's game against Boston, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear what Clutterbuck is dealing with, but it will force him to miss his first game since Feb. 28. The 33-year-old grinder has nine points and 147 hits in 41 games this season. He'll be questionable for Sunday's tilt with the Flyers.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will be a game-time call for Friday's matchup with Boston, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Clutterbuck's availability for Friday's contest likely won't be determined until pregame warmups. He's picked up nine points while posting a minus-6 rating in 41 games this campaign.
Clutterbuck comes into the game Saturday versus the Penguins having gone nine straight contests without registering a point.
While no one expects Clutterbuck to be an offensive machine, nine straight games without as much as a helper is cause for concern. What might worry the Isles even more than the lack of offense from Clutterbuck is that he has a rating of minus-2 during that span. All is not lost, however, as the Islanders are 7-2 during this span.
Clutterbuck scored his third goal of the season in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Sabres.
The fourth-liner must be taking pointers from Mathew Barzal, as Clutterbuck's tally Sunday was a beauty. Sprung for a partial breakaway, the 33-year-old beat Jonas Johansson top shelf on the backhand with a slick move that gave the Buffalo goalie no chance. Clutterbuck typically doesn't supply much offense and hasn't recorded double-digit goals in a season since 2015-16, but he now has a two-game goal streak and three-game point streak going.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will play in Tuesday's game versus the Devils, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Clutterbuck is back on the fourth line after missing the past two games. The 33-year-old has put up five points and 57 hits through 19 contests this season.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Penguins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Clutterbuck skated with the team Sunday, so he's not expected to miss much more time. Head coach Barry Trotz even said that Clutterbuck would play if this was a playoff game. In turn, he's on track to return at some point this week.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Penguins, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Clutterbuck was considered a game-time decision, but he'll end up missing his first game of the year. Michael Dal Colle (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, and he'll likely take Clutterbuck's place in the lineup.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will be game-time decision for the Islanders on Saturday versus the Penguins, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Clutterbuck only played a little over three minutes in the Islanders' 7-2 victory over Boston on Thursday before suffering the injury. He didn't practice Friday but still has yet to be scratched for the game Saturday. The Islanders have back-to-back games versus the Penguins Saturday and Sunday and may elect to sit Clutterbuck Saturday to give him another 24 hours to heal and hopefully be ready to play Sunday.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) didn't practice Friday with the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Clutterbuck had to leave the game Thursday versus the Bruins due to an undisclosed injury and isn't expected to play Saturday against the Penguins. The Islanders haven't listed the exact nature of his injury and haven't revealed when they expect him to return, only stating Clutterbuck received treatment for the injury Friday. The good news is Clutterbuck is not expected to be out of the lineup long term, which is important as the Islanders were only a .500 team when he missed time last year.
Clutterbuck (undisclosed) will not return to Thursday's game versus the Bruins.
Clutterbuck was injured in the first period and didn't appear in the second. He was ultimately ruled out for the game during the second intermission. It's unclear how the winger was hurt. The Islanders' next game is Saturday versus the Penguins -- there should be an update on Clutterbuck's status prior to that contest.
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|06/23||vs TB||W 3-2 (OT)||0||0||0||0||13:57|
|06/21||@ TB||L 0-8||0||0||0||-1||14:19|
|06/19||vs TB||W 3-2||0||2||2||+1||12:04|
|06/17||vs TB||L 1-2||1||0||1||-1||12:52|
|06/15||@ TB||L 2-4||0||0||0||0||14:17|
|06/13||@ TB||W 2-1||0||0||0||0||15:29|
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