A nearly perfect first quarter of the 2022-23 season for the Vegas Golden Knights hit a bit of a bump in the road on Saturday as Jack Eichel was forced to leave early in what ended up being a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t have an update for the 26-year-old postgame, but it isn’t believed to be anything serious. In fact, he was originally listed as a game-time decision for Monday evening’s contest versus one of the league’s best in the Boston Bruins. Eichel took the ice for the team’s morning skate in Boston, but “didn’t feel great,” according to Cassidy.
Details of the injury haven’t been discussed, other than the team listing it as lower-body. In what was his final shift early into the third period, he appeared to be favoring his leg, though it is unclear if that is indeed the true issue. Nonetheless, it seems to be rather insignificant, which is a huge sigh of relief for the Golden Knights organization and its fan base.
Eichel has been everything the Golden Knights could have hoped for and more to this point in the 2022-23 campaign. Through 26 outings, his 13 goals and 29 points both lead his team. It is clear that, after what was a risky neck procedure over a year ago, he is fully recovered and back to being an elite NHL talent.
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