Golden Knights' Mark Stone Takes Big Step with Injury Recovery

The Vegas Golden Knights announced some major news on Friday (April 12), as captain Mark Stone has been cleared to return for practice and will skate with the club in a non-contact jersey.

With the playoffs being right around the corner, seeing Stone take a big step and return to practice is significant news. The 31-year-old suffered a lacerated spleen and was already ruled out for the remainder of the regular season. 

The Golden Knights' hope is that Stone will be good to go for the playoffs, and him returning to practice is certainly a good sign on that front. The Winnipeg native is still recovering, but getting back on the ice with the team is a major step forward. 

The timing of Stone's return to the ice will certainly grab the attention of hockey fans around the NHL, as the playoffs are right around the corner. 

Nevertheless, it will now be interesting to see how Stone's recovery comes from here. Returning to practice is a notable step, and he will give the Golden Knights a major boost if he is good for the playoffs. In 56 games this season, Stone has 16 goals and 53 points.

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