NHL News: Stone a game-time decision for Vegas; Avs claim Nicolas Aube-Kubel; and Crosby could be back Sunday

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Jun 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrates his game winning goal with left wing Max Pacioretty (67) in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche in game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Stone was injured against the Los Angeles Kings on October 14th. He has missed 12 games since the injury.

In his absence, the Golden Knights have done an admirable job of staying afloat at 7-5. Tonight, against the Vancouver Canucks they hope to get their captain back.

Mark Stone game-time decision

“He’s going to come to the rink tonight like he’s going to play and we’ll make some decisions,” Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said via NHL.com “We’re going to evaluate some things after, have some conversations.”

Stone, 29, had three assists in two games before the injury.

Avs claim Aube-Kubel off waivers

The Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

The Flyers placed him on waivers Friday afternoon.

Aube-Kubel, 25, appeared in seven games for the Flyers this season and tallied one assist. The Flyers selected him with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, and he made his debut in the 2018-19 season. In 102 career games with Philadelphia, he recorded 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists).

The Avalanche have struggled to find their footing this season and are in fifth place in the Central Division entering play Saturday, when they host the San Jose Sharks.

Crosby good for Sunday?

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Jan 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) reacts during the third period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins captain first had to battle back from wrist surgery only to find himself land on the COVID protocol list soon after.

Good news for him and Penguins fans is he may be a go for Sunday.

“We’ll have to see how everything goes, but he’ll be skating today and we’ll take it day by day here,” said assistant coach Todd Reirden.

Reirden is filling in for head coach Mike Sullivan who is also expected back from COVID protocol tomorrow.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.