Capitals Morning Skate News Roundup: Tom Wilson Out Again And Possibly More?

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The Washington Capitals held a morning skate at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio in preparations for their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Washington starting at 7 PM. Here are all of the news leading up to the game: 

Forward Tom Wilson was not on the ice and will miss a second straight game with a possible concussion. Wilson, 24, missed Thursday’s 4-2 win at the Arizona Coyotes after getting hit high in the shoulder by Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves in Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights. He has posted eight goals and 14 points and 11 games this season.

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said that there are more players in addition to Wilson who could miss tonight’s game despite a full attendance minus Wilson at the morning skate, which is why forward Riley Barber was recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears yesterday.

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Defenseman Christian Djoos will draw out of the lineup in favor of Madison Bowey. Goaltender Braden Holtby will get the start in net.

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News From The Other Side

Shavings

-captain Alex Ovechkin enters Saturday’s game one power-play goal shy of passing Mario Lemieux (236) for seventh place on the NHL power-play goals list.

-Forward Jakub Vrana’s nine goals at even strength are second on the team behind Ovechkin’s 13; he has three goals in his past two games

-The Capitals are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and have recorded at least three goals in 10 straight games for the first time since Feb. 7 through Feb. 26, 2016

-Forward Devante Smith-Pelly is one point shy of 100 career points entering tonight

-The Capitals and the Blue Jackets enter tonight’s game separated by a point for top spot in the Metropolitan Division with both teams playing 28 games

-Ovechkin has recorded a point in 10 straight games (nine goals, 14 points), the longest streak by a Capital this season

-Among Capitals with at least 12 games played this season, center Travis Boyd leads the team in points per 60 minutes of five-on-five play (3.29), primary assists (2.74) and points (3.29); Boyd’s 2.74 primary assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play rank second in the NHL among players with at least 12 games played (Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner: 2.74 primary assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play)

-Capitals defensemen have combined for 54 points at even strength this season, tied for the fifth most in the NHL

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By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Capitals Morning Skate News Roundup: Tom Wilson Out Again And Possibly More?

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    I wonder who our other ailing forwards are – among those who played vs Arizona and skated in the morning skate. (Not counting those who didn’t play vs Arizona, which includes two very important guys.)

    In a way, I would like to see Barber play tonight. So people that knew him from Miami of Ohio could see him play and his family could drive 3 hours west from Pittsburgh, where he’s from.

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