The Vegas Golden Knights are two victories away from advancing to the Stanley Cup final, which no modern-era expansion team has ever done. On Wednesday night, the Golden Knights took the lead in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference final two games to one after beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.
They will be back in action tonight for a pivotal Game 4 against the Jets, and the local roster might look slightly different when comes puck drop. After the morning skate on Friday, head coach Gerard Gallant gave several indications that the Golden Knights could be able to count on the return of veteran forward David Perron for tonight's matchup.
Gallant started out by revealing that Perron would remain a game time decision, like the head coach had mentioned on Thursday. He however followed up with the statement that he believes that there is a good chance to see Perron in the lineup tonight.
While the Golden Knight have still not announced what injury kept Perron out of Game 2 and Game 3 against the Jets, the winger himself had commented on his ailment, stating back on Tuesday that he was feeling better.
The 29-year-old missed the first two games of the postseason with an injury, but came back to play in the next nine games, tallying seven assists. If he is to play tonight, Perron would be facing the Jets for the second time in the playoffs.
Perron led the Golden Knights in assists during the 2017-18 regular-season with 50 and was third on the team in points with 66.
When asked about forward William Carrier, coach Gallant also mentioned that he would be a game time decision for tonight's contest. He however did not comment further on his condition, like he did with Perron's.
Carrier has taken part in nine playoff contests so far, but has however seen limited minutes with the Golden Knights. He has yet to tally a point through those nine games so far, and has been averaging just 7:59 minutes of ice time.
The forward was at the centre of the first controversial play of the 2018 playoffs, in the first round, when he was the victim of Los Angeles Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty in the first game of the series. The Kings veteran defender was then suspended one game for his illegal check to Carrier's head during the third period of Vegas' 1-0 victory, although there wasn't a penalty called on the sequence.
"Stuff like that will happen, it's fast play," Carrier had explained to the media members in a scrum after the hit took place in the first game of the series.
"You can't describe it. Everyone is going full speed out there, so, stuff like that happens."
While Carrier was back in the fold for the second game of that series, he ended missing one playoff contest in the second round against the San Jose Sharks. The forward missed Game 6 of Vegas’ series against the Sharks, but the Golden Knights were able to secure a series-clinching 3-0 victory in his absence. He has not returned to the lineup since.