The Vegas Golden Knights have had plenty go right lately as they look to get themselves into the playoffs, and some more good news may come their way later today.
According to head coach Pete DeBoer, Mark Stone will be a game time decision for tonight’s matchup versus the Vancouver Canucks. The 29-year-old has been out of the lineup since Feb. 8 with a back injury that has been bugging him all season.
“It’s a possibility, we’ll see,” DeBoer said after Monday’s practice when asked if Stone is good to go. “I would call it a game time. He’s going to travel with us, and we’ll make a decision then.”
Despite Stone battling the injury all season, he was still very effective when healthy with eight goals and 20 helpers in 28 games. Getting Mark Stone back into the lineup against the Canucks and for the rest of the season would be huge for this Golden Knights roster that has been injury plagued from the get go of the 2021-22 campaign.
The Golden Knights are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture, but tonight’s game versus the Canucks could change that. They currently trail the Los Angeles Kings by just two points for third place in the Pacific Division, and also trail the Dallas Stars by just two points for the final wild card position in the Western Conference. The Kings may be their’s for the taking, as it was announced on Monday afternoon that Drew Doughty will undergo wrist surgery, ending his 2021-22 season.
While they failed to live up to their preseason hype which had them winning the Pacific Division by a landslide, the Golden Knights are finally beginning to play up to their potential. They are 7-3-0 over their past 10 games, and are heating up at the right time as the playoffs are just around the corner. If they are able to get fully healthy, they could be in for a lengthy postseason run.
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