WASHINGTON, D.C. — After losing Martin Fehervary to a scary high hit in the second period, the Washington Capitals saw another key player injured against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday: Tom Wilson.
Wilson was missing from the Capitals bench to open the third period. The team announced that he would not return due to an upper-body injury.
At this time, it’s unclear what exactly happened. No. 43 did go hard into the Penguins net at the end of the second period. Before leaving, he was leading Washington with six hits and also had a block through 15:11 minutes.
Wilson has been a key contributor for the Capitals this season, dishing nine goals and 24 points in 26 games. He scored his 100th career goal on Monday against Anaheim. The 28-year-old is also earning consideration for a spot on Team Canada’s roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Right now, Washington is missing Fehervary and Wilson, along with regular skaters Nic Dowd, Garnet Hathaway, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Nicklas Backstrom and Anthony Mantha. That marks seven total players currently out for the Capitals.