Clifton set up a goal in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
Clifton doesn't have a prominent role for the B's but he's good for the occasional assist. The second-pairing defenseman has collected six helpers through 36 games, with 91 hits and 43 blocked shots showing where his true value lies.
Clifton notched a pair of assists, four blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Flyers.
Clifton was a steady presence defensively, and he also chipped in on offense. He had secondary assists on goals by Charlie McAvoy and Trent Frederic. Clifton had gone without a point in his previous eight outings this year. The New Jersey native has contributed eight shots on goal, 28 hits, 15 blocked shots and nine PIM so far.
With Matt Grzelcyk dealing with another lower-body injury, Clifton is a candidate to re-enter the Bruins' lineup Saturday night against the Capitals, Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now reports.
When Grzelcyk previously missed a pair of games (Jan. 23 and Jan. 26), Clifton stepped in and did a solid job, en route to recording three shots and a plus-one rating. The 25-year-old now figures to rejoin the mix once again alongside shut-down defender Brandon Carlo on Saturday
Clifton had a goal and an assist with three hits Monday in a 4-3 win over Carolina in Game 4.
Clifton was instrumental in Boston's third-period rally from a 2-0 deficit. He set up Jake DeBrusk's goal that started the comeback, then he tied the game with a one-timer from the faceoff circle just under three minutes later. Clifton, playing in only his third game of the postseason, logged just 14:37 of ice time but still managed to contribute his first playoff points.
Clifton (upper body) will return to the Bruins' lineup Tuesday night against the Flyers.
With both Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug sidelined by upper-body injuries, Clifton and John Moore are slated to be part of the team's blue-line mix Tuesday. Clifton, who last saw game action back on Dec. 29, checks back into the lineup with two goals and 12 PIM in 30 contests, numbers that keep him off the fantasy radar in formats that don't factor in his hits (85).
The Bruins activated Clifton (upper body) off injured reserve Saturday.
Clifton has been sidelined for over three months with an upper-body injury, but now that he's healthy, he'll return to his role as a rotational defenseman for Boston. The 24-year-old American has potted two goals while averaging 14:29 of ice time in 30 games this campaign.
Clifton (upper body) is not slated to play Tuesday night against the Flames, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Lauzon will remain in the Boston lineup Tuesday, with John Moore and Clifton (who is still listed on IR) currently the odd men out in the team's blue line mix. Once injuries inevitably hit, look for Clifton to get his chance to suit up for the big club once again, but when he does, he'll remain off the fantasy radar. To date, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder has logged two goals and zero assists in 30 contests.
The Bruins recalled Clifton (upper body) from his conditioning stint Sunday, freelance hockey writer Mark Divver reports.
Clifton last suited up for an NHL contest on Dec. 29, missing the Bruins' last 23 games with his upper-body injury. The 24-year-old blueliner was held scoreless in two AHL contests but was able to get some game action under his belt. Clifton has two goals in 30 NHL games this season and could get back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday against the Flames.
Clifton (upper body) was sent to AHL Providence for conditioning Sunday.
Clifton has missed the last 20 games since suffering an injury during a Dec. 29 contest against Buffalo. The 24-year-old blueliner returned to practice in full capacity on Feb. 11, so he appears to be close to game-ready.
Clifton (upper body) won't be in action versus the Red Wings on Saturday, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Clifton hasn't played since Dec. 29 versus Buffalo, a stretch of of 18 games on the sidelines. Considering the Bruins are heading into a back-to-back, it seems unlikely the defenseman will be available against the Rangers on Sunday either. Once Clifton is cleared to play, Jeremy Lauzon could find himself permanently sent down to AHL Providence.
Clifton (upper body) will not be in the lineup versus Montreal on Wednesday, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Clifton was able to take part in Tuesday's practice session without limitations but isn't quite ready to suit up. Even once cleared to play, the blueliner is far from a lock for the lineup and may have to share time with John Moore. When in the lineup, Clifton has averaged a mere 14:29 of ice time over 30 appearances.
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.
According to Matt Porter of The Boston Globe, Clifton (upper body) didn't participate in line rushes during morning skate, indicating he won't be available for Thursday's game against the Jets.
Clifton will miss a fifth straight game Thursday and remains without a timetable for his return. The bottom-pairing blueliner is on injured reserve, so news of his activation will precede his return to the lineup.
Clifton (upper body) won't travel with the team for Tuesday's game versus the Predators, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Clifton will miss his fourth straight game, and he'll set his sights on returning Thursday versus the Jets. The 24-year-old works on the bottom pairing, averaging 14:29 of ice time per game, and he's known for his physicality with 85 hits over 30 contests.
Clifton (upper body) has yet to resume skating and has been ruled out for the next two contests, Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald reports.
Clifton's absence shouldn't affect much from a fantasy perspective, given that the second-year blueliner owns just a pair of points (both goals) through the first 30 tilts. His next opportunity to retake the ice arrives next Tuesday versus the Predators, though that sounds like far from a guarantee at this point. Clifton will be placed on injured reserve for the duration of his absence.
Clifton (upper body) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Devils, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Clifton exited Sunday's win over the Sabres after just 5:52 of ice time and was unable to return. The 24-year-old joins Charlie McAvoy (lower body) and Torey Krug (upper body) on the shelf, so the Bruins will roll out some fresh faces on the blue line Tuesday.
Clifton (upper body) will not return to Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Clifton saw just 5:52 of ice time in the contest before exiting. Expect the Bruins to call up a blueliner from AHL Providence if he's unable to suit up Tuesday.
Clifton had a shot, three hits and two blocks in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Capitals.
Clifton was scratched the last three games in favor of John Moore, who was returning from a shoulder injury. An already cluttered blue line will get even more competitive once Kevan Miller (kneecap) returns as well. Clifton would have to clear waivers to be sent down, giving GM Don Sweeney a tough decision to make once his defensive corps is healthy.
Clifton dished out six hits in a 3-1 win over the Canadiens on Sunday.
Clifton has responded to being healthy scratched twice last week with a boost in intensity. He collected 15 shots and five blocks over his last three games despite not finding the scoresheet. With 62 total hits, Clifton is behind only Chris Wagner (73) in hits with the Bruins.
Clifton scored the final goal in a 5-1 rout of the Devils on Tuesday.
It is both Clifton's second goal and second point of the season through 19 games. In his second season, Clifton has been in a sheltered role with a Bruins team stacked with defensemen, averaging 15:01 in ice time skating on the third pairing. The 24-year-old doesn' have much fantasy value this season, but maybe one to look at next season if the B's see Zdeno Chara retire or Torey Krug leave in free agency.
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