Clark in NYC; Injury Update
I'm told that team captain Chris Clark has arrived in NYC. He's going to practice today and make sure everything feels okay. If it does, the rugged right wing should be ready to go tomorrow night against the Rangers.
I'm planning to talk to him later today by phone and write a story about his recovery. (Clark was struck on the left ear in the final minute of Friday's game by an Alex Ovechkin slap shot. The puck pinched his ear against the helmet, severing the top part. It required 60 stitches to repair. Ouch. He wasn't wearing the clear plastic ear protection tab.)
I should also have an update on Alexander Semin and Tom Poti this afternoon. Both practiced yesterday, but their status for tomorrow remains unclear. So stay tuned.
Update:I'm hearing that Semin practiced at full speed today and Clark also was out there (without additional ear protection). Poti, though, did not skate.
I'm supposed to be talking to Clark and Hanlon soon. Hopefully Coach will be able to say who will play tomorrow.
Update: Just talked to Hanlon and it doesn't sounds too good for the three injured players. Semin, wasn't in fact at full speed, and is likely out. Clark wasn't assigned to a line and is "day-to-day". And Poti is out.
So the lineup will probably look just like it did Monday, unless Clark can go.
Update: Clark just called. He said he's still not feeling like himself after skating for about 20 minutes today. So it looks like he's not going to play.
Clark also said that he lost part of a tooth ealier in the same shift when he was high-sticked by Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa behind the net. Wow.
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