Back on Feb. 14, the Vegas Golden Knights surprised many when they announced that forward Mark Stone had been placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) with a back injury.
The injury itself wasn’t a surprise, as it had been known that the 29-year-old had been dealing with a nagging back issue for some time. Many worried after the LTIR news, however, that it could put an end to his 2021-22 season.
Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case, as Mark Stone was able to return a week ago. While having him in the lineup is obviously beneficial for this Golden Knights team, he hasn’t been at his best just yet, failing to register a point in the three games he has suited up for since returning. That may soon change, as he said Monday that he is starting to get more comfortable each and every shift.
“It’s starting to come around for sure,” Stone said. “I definitely felt better in Calgary, then felt better in Edmonton, so hopefully I get in front of the home fans and feel even better.”
Stone’s first game back in front of a home crowd will come later tonight, as he and his Golden Knights teammates prepare to face the New Jersey Devils in what is one of their biggest games of the season. With just six games remaining for them, they trail the Los Angeles Kings by three points for third in the Pacific Division, while also trailing both the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators by four points for a wild card spot. Safe to say, they need to find a way to get points, and having Mark Stone play like his usual elite self after his return would go a long way in helping them do just that.
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