The Vegas Golden Knights are back and are facing the Los Angeles Kings as I’m writing this. So excuse the tense in which I’m writing this if you’re reading this tomorrow or later on. Anyways, as you can infer about the title of this article, there is some more no good, very bad news for the Knights.
After getting some time off from hockey for Christmas, teams are starting to get back to work and getting healthy. Unfortunately for the Knights, that doesn’t necessarily include them. It was reported after getting back to work yesterday that they had a busy Christmas in more ways than one.
The Vegas Golden Knights are in a less than ideal spot coming back from break. The Knights have dealt with adversity more than once, but this has a different feel. Especially because of what they just had to do prior to the game against the Los Angeles Kings.
During the morning skate prior to the game against the Kings, it was reported that Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, and Robin Lehner were going to be game-time decisions. Which, makes everything feel like it’ll be okay. Turns out, that wasn’t the case.
On top of the Vegas Golden Knights declaring some of the Vegas Golden Knights best players as game-time decisions, they also added: Pete DeBoer, Alex Pietrangelo, Evgenii Dadonov, and Brett Howden to the Covid-list. Which, given the significance of those players and what they bring, it’s no good. But as if things can’t get much worse in two days, things got worse.
Going into the game it appeared as though Mark Stone and Robin Lehner were going to be out for at least tonight’s game. But, we weren’t aware of the severity of the injury until just now. During the teams warm-ups against the Kings, the Knights placed Mark Stone on the IR.
Now, before we get too scared about that, when placing him on IR, it does go from the point of which he missed his first day. So in other words, the Vegas Golden Knights can activate him anytime they see fit after this game. So, it’s not clear how much time he will miss, but hopefully it’s not too long.