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Forward Tom Wilson will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on New Jersey Devils forward Brett Seney in the Washington Capitals‘ 6-3 victory over the Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Wilson was given a match penalty and was ejected from the game for a hit to the head, though it appears he drove through Seney’s shoulder.
WSH has been told there will be no @NHLPlayerSafety hearing for Tom Wilson’s hit last night.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 1, 2018
Seney, 22, returned to the game in the third period after leaving the game with 2:21 left in the second period.
Wilson returned to the lineup from a 16-game suspension nine games ago and has seven goals, 13 points, and a +8 rating since returning. His 1.44 points-per-game average ranks fourth in the NHL behind Colorado Avalanche teammates Mikko Rantanen (1.68) and Nathan MacKinnon (1.64) in addition to Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (1.58).
Wilson’s goal against the Devils extended his goal-streak to five game games (six goals) and his point-streak to seven games (12 points).
Wilson was suspended four times in a span of 105 games and twice in a span of 16 when he was handed a 20-game suspension by the NHL Department of Player Safety on October 3.
The Capitals have won seven straight games and are 8-1-0 in the nine games the team has played since Wilson returned, despite missing center Evgeny Kuznetsov for six games and forward T.J. Oshie for seven with upper-body injuries.
Since Wilson has returned to the lineup, the Capitals have killed 94% of their penalties after the Capitals killed off just 72.9% of the penalties they took in the 16 games he was absent. Going into his debut on November 13, the team had allowed at least one power-play goal in four consecutive games, going 10-for-16 (62.5%) in that span, including 5-for-9 (55.56%) in the last two games leading up to his suspension. Since returning to the lineup, Wilson has averaged 2:45 worth of ice time per game on the penalty kill.
The Capitals host the Anaheim Ducks at 3 PM at Capital One Arena tomorrow afternoon.
By Harrison Brown