Vegas Golden Knights Get Captain Back For Playoffs

A huge boost for the Vegas Golden Knights as they head into their first-round series with the Winnipeg Jets. It's official — for the first time since January 12th, their captain Mark Stone will be back in the lineup. 

The 30-year-old veteran winger has been activated off long-term injured reserve, and will face off against his hometown team in Game One. 

Stone went out on January 12th with the back injury, and began to rehab it immediately. But within a couple of weeks, it was apparent that surgery would once again be needed, and he went under the knife on Jan. 31st. It was his second back surgery in less than nine months.

Stone said learning that he needed a second surgery brought tears to his eyes. But, now fully recovered, he's ready to lead the Knights into battle: "I don't want to miss this."

In 43 games this season, Stone has 17 goals, 21 assists and 38 points, with 113 shots on net. 

He'll likely line up on the team's third line with Mike Amadio and Chandler Stephenson, but he should slot back in on the top power-play unit. 

Stone is in his 11th NHL season, and has 311 points in 366 career games. He also has 18 goals and 37 points in 46 playoff contests with Vegas. 

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