Golden Knights’ unsure of return date for Stone

Source: Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights’ have been without forward Mark Stone since Jan. 12, and have struggled immensely without their captain in the lineup.

The hope was that Stone’s injury would be short-lived, with the team originally labeling him as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. As we now know, that upper-body ailment was to his back, and has since resulted in him undergoing back surgery, his second in just nine months. Even still, the hope was that he would be able to return at some point in 2022-23, whether it be prior to the end of the regular season or just in time for playoffs, but it seems even that may be unlikely.

Speaking with media on Monday, Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy would not commit to saying that Stone would be back during the 2022-23 season, but did mention there could be an opportunity if his club is to get to the playoffs. That certainly doesn’t sound overly optimistic, meaning that this team will have to find a way without him if they do hope to get back into the postseason.

Since losing Stone back on Jan. 12, the Golden Knights have picked up just one win in eight games, that coming against the lowly Arizona Coyotes. Several of their top players, most notably Jack Eichel, have struggled to produce during that stretch, while goaltenders Logan Thompson and Adin Hill have also failed to play to the level they were in the early months of the season. Due to their struggles, they find themselves third in the Pacific Division with the Edmonton Oilers just two points behind. Suffice to say, they need to get going, and will look to turn things around Tuesday in a road tilt against the Nashville Predators.

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