Top 3 key Capitals to watch against Blue Jackets

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Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

#2 Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson has been big in the Caps hot streak. He’s recorded seven points with three goals and four assists in his last 10 games and ranks tied for third on the Capitals in points with eight this season. He has three goals and five assists in 14 games played.

The Caps are 3-0-0 this season when Wilson scores a goal and 5-2-0 when he records a point. He leads the Capitals in individual scoring chances at five on five with 29 this season, per Natural Stat Trick.

Wilson leads the Capitals and ranks tied for 14th in the NHL in hits with 40 through games played Nov. 16. Since returning to the Capitals lineup on Jan. 8, 2023 following surgery on his ACL, Wilson has recorded 30 points in 47 games.

That’s 16 goals and 14 assists with a points per game percentage of 0.64. Wilson ranks third on Washington in goals behind Dylan Strome with 22 and Alex Ovechkin with 17, and third in points during that span. Strome had 41 points in that stretch while Ovechkin had 38.

Wilson signed a seven year contract extension before the season to avoid free agency this upcoming summer. He is the most important player in both the present and the future of the Capitals.