There was some reason to worry for Vegas Golden Knights fans due to the fact that forward Mark Stone was forced to miss Sunday’s game versus the New York Islanders due to an upper-body injury.
It appeared all was well, however, when the 29-year-old was back out on the ice versus the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. That game started out quite well for Stone, as he scored two goals in his first eight minutes of ice time. Unfortunately, those eight minutes were all he was able to play, as he was forced to once again leave the game. Afterwards, head coach Peter DeBoer confirmed after the game that Stone had indeed tweaked the injury which forced him to miss Sunday’s contest.
Given that the Golden Knights won’t play again until Dec. 27, the hope is that he was simply taken out as a precaution. He will have nearly a week to rest up, and while it seems likely he will be able to play in their next game, we likely won’t receive an update until after Christmas. If he were to miss any time, it would be a massive blow to a team that has played their best hockey as of late, compiling an 8-2-0 record over their past 10 games.
Prior to this recent stretch, the Golden Knights had been plagued by injuries and inconsistent play, leading to a subpar start to the season. A big reason for that was due to a lower-body injury sustained by Stone, one that forced him to miss an entire month. When he has played, he has been one of his team’s top point producers with six goals and 23 points in 19 games. Those numbers should continue on assuming he is healthy, as he has made a name for himself over the years as an elite two way player in the game.
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