Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson, out since December 4, has missed the last two games since suffering a concussion against the Vegas Golden Knights. Wilson was hit late and from the blindside by self-professed “king of the jungle,” Ryan Reeves, after making a pass to a teammate in the defensive zone.
Monday, after the Capitals morning skate, head coach Todd Reirden gave an update on Wilson’s condition.
“[Tom] did an off-ice workout today,” Reirden said. “We’ll see how he reacts the rest of the day and then tomorrow morning as well. We’ll continue to push forward trying to get those guys back in our lineup soon.”
Reirden was asked if he believed Wilson would begin skating again this week.
“I’m hoping so,” Reirden said. “That’s the plan, but you just never know with those type of things.”
While Wilson was absent from practice, he did make his presence known on Twitter. Wilson tweeted “Right side !!!!” to celebrate TJ Oshie’s return.
Right side !!!! https://t.co/PIn394ZuXd
— Tom Wilson (@tom_wilso) December 10, 2018
Oshie seems likely to play Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings but Reirden was non-committal.
“The plan was for him to go through practice today,” Reirden said. “We’ll see how he does later this afternoon. Reevaluate tomorrow morning as he continues to get closer to getting cleared to played.”
Reirden added that it was a “possibility” Oshie could start and it depended “on how the rest of the day and the morning goes.”
The Capitals coach also gave an update on Brooks Orpik, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on mid-November and has not played since October 27.
“He continues to make progress, but I don’t know the timetable on him getting on the ice yet,” Reirden said. “It’s still pretty early in the process.”
Despite all the injuries, the Capitals are in first place in the Metropolitan Division with 37 standings points.
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