LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Center Jack Eichel, who has been sidelined for 13 games with a lower-body injury, could return for the Golden Knights on Thursday when they meet the Pittsburgh Penguins at T-Mobile Arena.
Eichel and wing Paul Cotter, who has missed eight games with an undisclosed injury, were full participants at Wednesday’s practice session.
“We’ll see how they are in the morning and how they respond,” Knights coach Bruce Cassidy said. “If there are no setbacks, they should be good to go.”
The Penguins are out to snap a five-game skid, including a loss to the Boston Bruins in the NHL’s Winter Classic.
Centers Sidney Crosby (19 goals and 43 points) and Evgeni Malkin (12G, 22A) lead the Penguins in scoring. Crosby, who has 24 assists, ranks 14th in the league in scoring.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Golden Knights
- Faceoff: 7 p.m., T-Mobile Arena.
- TV/Radio: AT&T Sportsnet/KKGK, 1340 AM, 98.9 FM
- Records: Penguins 19-12-6; Knights 26-12-2.
- Notes: Knights wing Jonathan Marchessault skated Wednesday. He’s been out since Dec. 21 with a lower-body injury, and Cassidy said his return could come Saturday against Los Angeles. … The Knights are coming off an impressive 3-2 victory Monday over the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. Nicolas Roy scored twice in the second period to give the Knights a 3-1 lead. Michael Amadio scored his sixth goal in the opening period; he has 5G, 4A in his last seven games. … Left wing Jason Zucker, who attended Bonanza High School and was raised in Las Vegas, has 8G, 15A in 33 games for the Penguins.