NHL playoffs 2013: Could Tom Wilson play in Game 5?

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more > Recent Entries NHL playoffs: Martin Erat suffers apparent wrist injury Tom Wilson could make his NHL debut for the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Friday, judging from line rushes at Thursday’s practice. Wilson, the Caps’ No. 2 prospect, was called up from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears and skated with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle on the fourth line. Fellow Bears call-up Joey Crabb worked with the extra forwards, Wojtek Wolski, Aaron Volpatti and Brooks Laich. Coach Adam Oates would not confirm that Wilson will play Friday, instead pointing to Crabb, Wojtek Wolski and Aaron Volpatti as other options. “They all had white jerseys on,” Oates said. “He just went with those two guys. No definitive plan yet.” Wilson had nine goals and eight assists in 12 Ontario Hockey League playoff games for the Plymouth Whalers. He had a goal in three Calder Cup playoff games for the Bears. Wilson would replace injured left wing Martin Erat in the lineup against the New York Rangers. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/capitals-watch/2013/may/9/nhl-playoffs-2013-could-tom-wilson-play-game-5/

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Clowe, who played for the Sharks from 2006-13, has 68 playoff games under his belt. PENALTY PARADE: You can guarantee that discipline will be a main point of the Capitals’ emphasis heading into Game 4. Washington took six penalties within the first 27 minutes of Game 3, essentially negating any and all momentum. Alzner said the Caps will try to stay out of the box while trying to get a gauge on the officiating as the game progresses. “If they’re gonna call it tight, we have to be careful,” he said. “If they’re gonna let us play, we have to take advantage of that.” POWE OUT: Rangers forward Darroll Powe is not expected to play Wednesday after leaving Game 3 with an injury that appeared to be a possible concussion. Powe laid a hard hit on Washington’s Joel Ward but caught an elbow to the head upon contact, leaving him woozy as he left the ice. He did not return to the game and did not practice with the team Tuesday. NOT QUITE YET: Veteran Capitals forward Brooks Laich skated with the team for the first time since undergoing sports-hernia surgery before the playoffs began. Oates said Laich is still “a ways away” from returning, however. Considering Laich was hampered with a nagging groin injury that limited him to just nine games this season, the Caps want to exercise caution with him. source: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/hockey/tag/_/name/washington-capitals

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Capitals’ Erat to miss Game 5

Someone gets injured, someone has a chance to come up and do right.” Erat had been skating on the Capitals’ second line with Ribeiro and Troy Brouwer , but his absence means changes are coming for three of Washington’s four units. Based on how the Capitals finished Game 4, and supported by the line rushes at practice Thursday, Eric Fehr is expected to take Erat’s spot alongside Ribeiro and Brouwer, and Joel Ward will take Fehr’s spot on the third line with Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perreault . The changes leave an open position on Washington’s fourth line alongside Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle . Among the candidates to draw into the lineup are Aaron Volpatti and Wojtek Wolski — healthy scratches for Games 1-4 — or right wings Joey Crabb and Tom Wilson , who were recalled Thursday from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Wilson is the most intriguing of the four, given he has yet to play an NHL game. He was a first-round pick (No. 16) in the 2012 NHL Draft and made his professional debut with Hershey last Friday in Game 3 of its playoff series against the Providence Bruins. “Everyone’s got to be ready,” Wilson said of possibly making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 5 against New York. “That’s the game of hockey, there are always going to be changes in and out, so I’m coming here with not too many expectations but I’m just going to work hard and see what happens.” In three playoff games with the Bears, Wilson, 19, had a goal and six penalty minutes. He was informed he would be joining the Capitals shortly after the Bears’ Game 5 loss in Providence. “I was just sitting on the bus, pretty down after the loss and [Bears president and general manager] Doug Yingst called me up to the front of the bus and told me that I’d be going, so it’s pretty cool and I was very excited,” Wilson said. What Wilson lacks in experience, he makes up in size. source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=17424

 

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