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Tom Wilson Will Not Play Game 6, But Making Some Progress For Capitals



Capitals forward Tom Wilson

ARLINGTON, V.A. — With their backs against the wall in an elimination Game 6 against the Florida Panthers, the Washington Capitals will again be without Tom Wilson.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said that Wilson will miss Friday’s tilt with Florida, marking the fifth straight contest he will sit out with an injury. However, he was happy to see the 28-year-old making some progress.

Wilson took the ice for some drills earlier on Friday ahead of the team’s morning skate. He also skated on Thursday. However, he remains day-to-day with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.

Wilson suffered the injury early in Game 1 when he went in for a hit on MacKenzie Weegar in the corner and took the brunt of it when Weegar moved out of the way. He appeared to hurt his left leg on the play and would not return for another shift. He skated just 1:31 minutes in Game 1, where he scored the series-opening tally.

The Capitals right wing is coming off a career year that saw him put up 50 points and earn an invite to the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. He has also been a major asset in the postseason, putting up points in each of his last six playoff appearances.