Stone cleared for contact for No. 1 seed Golden Knights

Source: Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone, who has been out since Jan. 12 with a back injury, has been cleared for contact ahead of the Golden Knights’ first round series against the Winnipeg Jets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Golden Knights, winners of the Pacific Division, are facing the Winnipeg Jets as the top seed in the Western Conference after completely missing the playoffs in 2021-2022.

Stone posted 17 goals and 38 points in 43 games prior to his injury, and was a big reason for the Golden Knights’ early season success. He began light skating in late March and early April and has been progressing in his recovery. He has now shed his non-contact practice jersey.

“With Mark (Stone) it’s the ongoing process of the blue sweater the other week because of contact, now he’s been cleared for contact,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said on Saturday, “Get him some reps with guys he’s comfortable with and see where it leads us. No timeline yet on him, but he is cleared for contact.”

Adding Stone to the Golden Knights’ lineup would be a major boost to one of hockey’s top teams as they hope to compete for the first Stanley Cup in team history. If Vegas takes cares of the Winnipeg Jets, one of their division rivals will be waiting for them in the second round as the Edmonton Oilers take on the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.

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