Through the first 14 games of the 2021-22 season, the Vegas Golden Knights have struggled to put wins together on a consistent basis, proven by their record of just 8-6-0. The reason for the somewhat slow start can be attributed to injuries, as they have had plenty early on.
One of those injuries was to Mark Stone, who suffered a lower-body injury back on Oct. 14 in a game versus the L.A. Kings. Since then, the team has been very discrete when discussing his injury with the media, leading some to believe it was more serious than what was originally thought.
However, that doesn’t appear to be the case as the 29-year-old took part in line rushes at today’s practice and is being listed as a game time decision ahead of tonight’s game versus the Vancouver Canucks.
Getting Stone back would be a huge boost to this club that is currently without some of their top offensive threats in players like Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson, and the recently acquired Jack Eichel. Golden Knights fans are well aware of the impact Stone has at both ends of the ice when at his best, and his return could see them begin to climb back up the standings, as they currently sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division.
Prior to the start of the 2021-22 season, many thought the Golden Knights had a great chance at winning the Pacific Division due it being rather weak compared to other divisions in the league. That certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibilities just yet, though they will have to start racking up wins soon if they hope to do so, as the Edmonton Oilers who are first right now are looking like true Stanley Cup contenders.
As mentioned previously, getting Stone back should help them in that quest. Though he has only suited up for two games this season, he was able to record three assists. His 61 points in 55 games led this Golden Knights squad in scoring last season, further proving the impact he provides. While a return tonight isn’t a guarantee, he is clearly very close, which is huge news for this team.
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