Bruce Boudreau didn’t officially say Chris Clark is in the lineup tonight, but Michael Nylander is still on the ice and the coach said there is a “good chance” the captain will be in tonight. Both Clark and Nylander will take the warmup, but it certainly looks like it will be Clark.
As for what Boudreau is going to say to his team today:
“I don’t know — whatever comes out of my mouth in eight minutes [at the team meeting],” Boudreau said. “Quite frankly, what is there to say?”
Boudreau also commented on Donald Brashear’s suspension. Brashear is out for six games — one for his pregame warmup dust-up with Colton Orr and five for his hit on Blair Betts.
“I’m upset obviously … disappointed is a better word that it was so long,” Boudreau said. “I can’t figure it out, and I don’t think it is best for me to comment on that. It is what it is, as long as it is the same all the way around I guess that is what they’re going for.
“Like if somebody else got one and it was this long and there basing it on that, then fine. We didn’t think it would go that high and we’re disappointed, but what are you going to do?”
As for Clark, he’s been waiting a long time for this day. He hasn’t played since Jan. 27 against Boston, and has spent much of the past two years sitting and watching.
“Hopefully I have a lot more jump,” Clark said. “It has been a long time since I played, but I’ve been on the ice pretty much since the time I got hurt so I don’t see any problem conditioning wise.”
Added Brooks Laich: “I think it will be a big boost of energy. He’s flying around here like a 16-year-old kid. He’s excited to play, and we’re excited to have him back.”