Tom Wilson will get a player safety hearing for the hit he delivered on Blues’ forward Robert Thomas in Washington’s 4-0 loss to St. Louis on Friday. Wilson did not get penalized for the hit in the game, but Blues’ forward Dmitrij Jaskin took exception and fought Wilson following the hit.
Wilson hasn’t gotten suspended so far in his NHL career but he did get fined following a knee-on-knee hit with Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Conor Sheary in Game 1 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Wilson, 23, is expected to dress for Washington’s preseason game at home against the Carolina Hurricanes but the hearing will take place today, so expect a change coming in the Capitals’ lineup on Saturday.
Wilson scored an empty net goal in Wednesday’s 4-2 win against the Canadiens in Montreal. With Wilson expected to pursue a bigger role with the Caps this year due to the losses of Marcus Johannsson, Daniel Winnik, and Justin Williams, he cannot afford to get suspended in the regular season or the playoffs.
Wilson led the Capitals in penalty minutes in the past four seasons with 133 last season, 163 in 2015-16, 172 in 2014-15, and 151 in 2013-14. He finished last season tying his career high in goals (7) and finished four points shy of his career high (19).
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