Golden Knights' Mark Stone enters COVID-19 protocol before game vs. Canadiens

Vegas Golden Knights' Mark Stone celebrates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Friday, March 12, 2021, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone has entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol and will miss Thursday night's contest against the Montreal Canadiens, head coach Pete DeBoer confirmed.

Stone has 26 points in 23 games played this season. Defenceman Nicolas Hague is also in protocol.

The NHL is planning to test asymptomatic players and staff for COVID-19 less often after the All-Star break.

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