Max Pacioretty did not travel with the Vegas Golden Knights to Edmonton on Sunday for the Stanley Cup playoffs due to a minor injury.
Pacioretty led the Golden Knights in the regular season with 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) in 71 games, but was week after week when the NHL season was cut short on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus . He hasn’t trained since July 20, but DeBoer said he expected Pacioretty to join the team before he left for Edmonton. With Pacioretty out, forward Nick Cousins patina on the top line of the Golden Knights with William Karlsson and Mark Stone.
As part of the NHL’s return-to-play plan, a team is not permitted to disclose information about a player’s injury or illness.
Vegas (39-24-8, .606 percentage points) finished first in the Pacific Division at the break of the season and will play against the Dallas Stars (August 3), St. Louis Blues (August 6) and Colorado Avalanche (Aug 8) in the round robin playoff game at Rogers Place to determine the Stanley Cup Playoff standings.
DeBoer said Pacioretty was the only player not to train on Monday.
“I guess that’s one of the perks of finishing where we did in the regular season because we have time here and a little bit of luxury with the round robin,” DeBoer said. “At the same time, we approach these round robin games as really important games. You want the easiest path possible. We have a chance to get the first seed in the West, which is huge. “