Cal Clutterbuck could be a possibility for the New York Islanders when they square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Islanders coach Barry Trotz said as much on Tuesday when he met with reporters over Zoom. Clutterbuck exited Monday night’s Game 1 loss in the middle of the second period.
“Honestly everything will be reassessed in the morning,” Trotz said. “But I think there’s a possibility he’ll be in.”
Cal Clutterbuck blocked a shot from Mikhail Sergachev around the 11:50 mark of the middle period and was slow to get up off the ice. Replay showed the puck caught Clutterbuck on the back of the heel. Clutterbuck did skate the Islanders bench under his own power, but went to the team dressing with the trainers.
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The Islanders forward returned to the team’s bench briefly for the third, but quickly went back to the dressing room.
Clutterbuck only missed one game this postseason. That took place in the Islanders First Round series with the Washington Capitals. Clutterbuck was skating along the boards when Radko Gudas upended him.
The fourth liner was slow to get up then as well and missed Game 5 of that series. Clutterbuck did appear in all seven games of the Islanders Second Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
In 16 playoff games this season, Cal Clutterbuck has three points (one goal, two assists) and logged an average of 12:57 of ice time per game. Clutterbuck also registered 55 hits during the postseason.