David Clarkson, usually one of the more available guys in the Devils’ locker room regardless of result, suddenly went missing after Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Why? Because he was with the training staff. So began the rumor mill that Clarkson had suffered some sort of injury during the game. The question then became: How much time would he miss? Well, the answer is none.
“Just stiff,” Clarkson said. “I tweaked my back in that scrum yesterday and I’m just stiff.”
Clarkson said he would have practiced today if there had been a practice, though, and he will play Thursday.
“I will,” he said. “It’s just something that tightened up on me last night and I’m a little bit tight today, but I’m feeling better than yesterday.”
Corey GriffinIt’s good to see Clarkson’s injury was much ado about nothing because he’s become arguably the Devils’ third-most indispensable player behind Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur. It’s not just his scoring that the Devils so very much rely on (and they do), but his ability to screen the goalie and to dig pucks out of a 2-on-1 situation below the opposition’s goal line. All of this does nothing to mention his spectacular chemistry with Patrik Elias and the fact that the Devils’ second line has carried the offensive load for a long portion of this season. So yeah, David Clarkson is important. Everyone celebrate he’s okay, because if he’s not, things could get dark, fast.