Tom Wilson Misses Morning Skate, Line Changes As A Result: News From Capitals Game 2 Morning Skate


The Washington Capitals held their gameday morning skate at 11:30 this morning at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida. They face the Panthers in Game 2 tonight with the series then moving to Washington for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday afternoon and Monday night.

Forward Tom Wilson did not participate in the Capitals morning skate on Thursday. Wilson sustained a lower body injury in the first period of Game 1 and did not return. He is currently listed as a game-time decision.

Brett Leason, who was officially recalled by the Capitals Thursday morning, was inserted on the right side of the fourth line, with Garnet Hathaway and T.J. Oshie moving up a line on the right side for morning line rushes.

Vitek Vanecek was in the starter’s net again and is likely to get the Game 2 start in goal for the Capitals.

John Carlson, who left late in Game 1 after a hit from Panthers Sam Bennett, skated in his usual position and is ready to go for Game 2.

Capitals power play units at morning skate:
PP1: Carlson, Ovechkin, Oshie, Backstrom, Kuznetsov.
PP2: Orlov, Schultz, Sheary (bumper), Mantha, Johansson.

Extras: McMichael, Jonsson-Fjallby, Kempny, Irwin.

From The Other Side

It doesn’t sound like there are many changes to the Panthers lineup for tonight. Acciari skated on the left wing alongside fourth-line forwards Luostarinen and Hornqvist. Lomberg was bumped to the “scratch” line with Thornton and Mamin.

The Capitals face the Florida Panthers tonight in Game 2 of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Capitals are 25-25 in Game 2s in franchise history, 13-16 when leading in the series and 9-10 in Game 2s played on the road.

V+V =W

Vitek Vanecek stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced in Game 1, marking his first career playoff win. Vanecek became the 16th goaltender in franchise history to record a playoff win and the seventh originally selected by the Capitals in the NHL Draft (Braden Holtby, Olie Kolzig, Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth, Jim Carey and Philipp Grubauer).

Vanecek recorded a 2.10 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage at five-on-five during the regular season, which ranked tied for sixth and tied for seventh, respectively, among goaltenders with at least 1,500 minutes played at five-on-five. Additionally, Vanecek ranked tied for sixth in the NHL in shutouts (4) and posted a 20-12-6 record in 39 starts.

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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9 Responses to Tom Wilson Misses Morning Skate, Line Changes As A Result: News From Capitals Game 2 Morning Skate

  1. Anonymous says:

    Will be interesting to see how Wilson scenario plays out. Series status obviously plays into it. If Caps were trailing 1-0 it might be a different scenario

  2. Anonymous says:

    You made the trade for mantha over varna plus draft pi KS to play on third line????

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      You are not wrong. But Vrána was a head case and didn’t play defense. Had to make a change.

    • steven says:

      GMBM made the trade. Varna was in the dog house here and had created a mess on his Chec team in the summer by refusing to talk to the press and if I remember correctly was benched by the coach and invited not to come back again. Also the Caps thought his salary demand would be to high for them but they traded him for a player making $5 mil. The good thing was they got rid of a high salary in Richard Panik who never fit in here. The draft pick was so they would take Panik and his salary. I think he played 10-15 games with Detroit 20-21 and 4 or 4 with NYI this year.

  3. steven says:

    So the Season of Injuries continues. One good thing is there are plenty of guys in Hershey who played this year that can fill in; maybe not the same quality but still good players.

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