Just eight short days after serving a two-game suspension for a controversial hit, Capitals right winger Tom Wilson once again delivered a hit that not only put him in the penalty box, but could also have dire consequences.
In the Capitals’ road win over the St. Louis Blues in the final preseason game Sunday afternoon, Wilson was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a boarding hit on Blues forward Sam Blais. The NHL Department of Player Safety is already reviewing the play, per Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post. Ironically, Wilson’s first suspension of the preseason also came against the Blues.
Capitals and Blues fans that didn’t go to the game weren’t able to watch the contest since the game wasn’t televised so you may be asking how exactly could the league review this hit. There are ways the NHL could still see the hit thanks to arena cameras and coach’s film.
Following the game, Blues head coach Mike Yeo had these harsh words to say.
Coach Yeo to reporters in STL: “It’s a predatory hit with a guy that apparently didn’t learn his lesson from the first suspension.” #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) October 1, 2017
Should Wilson be suspended for the hit he delivered Sunday afternoon expect the punishment to be much harsher as Wilson will be classified as a “repeat offender”. Since it came on the final day of the preseason, this potential punishment could impact the Capitals regular season. With the already limited cap space, the Capitals might not have enough room on the salary cap to make a prospect recall if a forward is injured during Wilson’s suspension, whatever length it could be.
The Capitals open the season Thursday night in Ottawa.
By Michael Marzzacco