Some big news came out from the NHL PR office before the Washington Capitals players even put on their pads and laced up their skates before morning skate in Minnesota. Tom Wilson, who began the season with a 20 game suspension due to a hit on St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the preseason finale, had his suspension reduced to 14 games thanks to Arbitrator Shyam Das. He is eligible to play in tonight’s game vs. the Minnesota Wild.
Wilson initially appealed the suspension last month and had a lengthy hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who decided to uphold the Wilson suspension. This ruling came from a neutral party arbitrator.
NHL and NHLPA statement on Tom Wilson suspension.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 13, 2018
Inside the document that has the play, rule review, and description of the arbitrator’s decision, Das arrived at 14 games by viewing Wilson’s three-game suspension in the second round of the playoffs as an equivalent of a six-game suspension which is doubled for a more severe punishment by a repeat offender and and adding two more games for the injury suffered by Sundqvist. You can view the full document here.
Morning skate is just minutes away. We’ll find out if Todd Reirden inserts Wilson into the line rushes. This post will both update about that and a new post will follow.
Update: Tom Wilson took rushes on the top line at morning skate. He’s in!
Capitals expected lineup vs. Wild
So, Caps basically going back to their top three forward lines from the playoffs.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) November 13, 2018