After practice today, Darryl Sutter said Kyle Clifford is “out,” meaning that Clifford will not play in Game 2 tomorrow night. Clifford did not participate in today’s optional practice and the team is saying he is officially day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Sutter did not elaborate beyond that.
SUTTER: “He’s out. … It’s an upper-body injury and he’s out. You guys know how that works.”
Asked about who would replace Clifford in the lineup, Sutter joked, “I was talking to Bernie Nicholls this morning about it. He’s not quite game-ready.” Of course, Sutter’s only two options at this point are Andrei Loktionov or Kevin Westgarth.
Incidentally, there has been no word yet from the league about the disciplinary hearing for Vancouver’s Byron Bitz. If the league didn’t suspend Nashville’s Shea Weber, can it really suspend Bitz?