The Golden Knights did not provide an update on their injured players during Tuesday’s off day and didn’t drop any hints about a possible return(s) with a roster move, either.
In other words, Tomas Hyka — the most likely Knight to be sent down — remains with the team.
But with the Knights scheduled to skate at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday at City National Arena, the practice participants should offer a better clue about who might be available against the New Jersey Devils.
“I don’t know who is coming back. Seriously, I don’t know,” Knights coach Gerard Gallant said after Monday’s win at Philadelphia. “They might be back, I don’t know.”
Wing James Neal has missed the past seven games — and 10 of the past 11 — after he appeared to hurt his right hand during the second period of the Knights’ loss Feb. 26 at Los Angeles. He skated in a noncontact jersey on his own prior to the road trip.
Wing Reilly Smith was injured late in the 4-1 loss at Columbus on March 6 and returned to Vegas for further evaluation.
Also, goaltender Malcolm Subban could be close to returning. General manager George McPhee said on a Feb. 26 trade deadline conference call that Subban was expected back on the ice in 10 to 14 days.
Forwards Oscar Lindberg and William Carrier, and defenseman Luca Sbisa also remain sidelined.
The Knights had plenty of secondary scoring without Smith and Neal in winning three straight games. Of their eight goals in that span, William Karlsson’s goal in the third period Monday was the only one produced by the top line.
Quad City closes shop
The Quad City Mallards, the Knights’ ECHL affiliate, announced Tuesday it will cease operations at the end of the season.
The Knights appear to have two options in the league for next season: the Norfolk Admirals, who terminated their affiliation with the Nashville Predators in November; and the Maine Mariners, set to begin play this fall.
The Chicago Wolves remain the Knights’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Marc-Andre Fleury, who became the second fastest goaltender to 400 career victories Monday, will tie Chris Osgood for 12th all-time with his next win. … David Perron matched the NHL record for assists (46) by a player on a first-year expansion team, joining Buffalo’s Phil Goyette (1970-71) and Ottawa’s Norm Maciver (1992-93).
New Jersey Devils
— The Skinny: The Devils (35-26-8, 78 points) engineered one of the league’s biggest turnarounds and own the final wild card in the Eastern Conference.
— Top scorers: Left wing Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists); center Nico Hischier, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, is second with 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists).
— Goaltenders: Cory Schneider 17-14-6, 2.81 goals-against average, .912 save percentage; Keith Kinkaid 17-9-2, 2.95, .904.
— Coach: John Hynes, third season, 101-102-30
— Founded: 1982 (relocated from Colorado)
— Last Stanley Cup: 2003
— Did you know: Former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur holds several notable NHL records, including all-time regular-season victories (691). He also holds the mark for most goals by a goalie (three), though the final two were own goals and Brodeur received credit after touching the puck last.
David Schoen Las Vegas Review-Journal