Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone left Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers with an upper body injury. No other information was provided
Mark Stone will not return to tonight’s game due to an upper body injury.
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Stone left the first period around the 11th minute; he recorded 3:57 of ice time and did not return to the bench for the Golden Knights. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game during the second period by the Golden Knights broadcast team. Stone has 38 points (17G, 21A) in 42 games with a plus-minus rating of +11. He averages 19:45 of ice time per game and has three goals and nine power play points this year. The injury is concerning due to Stone’s recent injury history. He was limited to just 37 games last season and missed more than 40 due to a serious back injury which required him to undergo back surgery in mid-May. He scored 30 points (9G, 21A) in 37 games.
During his five seasons with the Golden Knights; he had 73 goals and 203 points in 217 games. Stone was acquired in a deal from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom and a 2020 second-round pick who became Egor Sokolov. Stone played seven seasons and 366 games with the organization that drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In March 2019, Stone signed a monstrous eight-year, $75,000,000 contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $9,500,000, the contract runs through 2026-27.
The Golden Knights are currently tied for first in the tight Pacific Division race with the Los Angeles Kings. They are 27-13-2 in the first half of the regular season. The Golden Knights’ next game is Saturday against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.