The Minnesota Wild received quite the scare when Cal Clutterbuck went down after a knee-to-knee collision with Taylor Hall last week.
Hall received a suspension for the hit, and Clutterbuck hasn’t return to the ice for a game since the hit took place against February 21st. Prior to the injury, he was playing typical Cal Clutterbuck hockey. He wasn’t putting up numbers, but he was playing the physical game and dropping the gloves in the way we’ve come to expect from him.
There’s no doubt that the hit on Clutterbuck was a reckless move by Hall. Clutterbuck was skating up the ice, and had no idea Hall was coming before their knees collided at center ice. Hall received a major penalty for the hit, then received his suspension.
The Wild have only been without Clutterbuck for three games, and they’ve actually performed pretty well. They’ve won two of the three tilts since the injury, and they could be looking at his return to the lineup soon. He won’t be in action before the weekend, though.
According to reports, Clutterbuck is off crutches and could return within the next couple of games. Don’t expect a return on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks, but it shouldn’t be too long.
And that’s an extremely encouraging sign. Knee injuries are scary business, especially when they’re of the knee-to-knee variety. Hall has already returned from his suspension, and it looks like Clutterbuck will be doing the same in the very near future. Could he return on Sunday?
That would make the first contest between the two clubs since the injury a very interesting one. Stay tuned.