The Washington Capitals got an injury update on Tom Wilson as the team held an optional skate on Wednesday, but it’s not the exact news they wanted to hear.
Head coach Peter Laviolette told The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir that Wilson is getting treatment for a lower-body injury he suffered early in Game 1 against the Florida Panthers. He is a game-time decision for Game 2..
Wilson skated 1:31 minutes in the first period of the series opener against the Panthers. After taking a stick up high early, Wilson returned to the ice to score the first goal of the game for the Capitals. However, he then left after going awkwardly into the boards following a missed hit on MacKenzie Weegar. And though Wilson returned to the bench and skated during a TV timeout, he didn’t play another shift.
Head coach Peter Laviolette said postgame that Wilson suffered a lower-body injury and was being evaluated. There was no update on the exact nature or severity of the injury.
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Having Wilson healthy for the postseason will be vital for Washington, who stole Game 1 after a third-period surge. Wilson has points in each of his last six playoff games and is coming off a career year that saw him post 50-plus points. The 28-year-old is also a force physically and plays a key role on the penalty kill to boot.
With Wilson out, Conor Sheary and T.J. Oshie were taking turns filling in for No. 43 on the second line. Wilson started hte game skating alongside Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom.