Latest News and Injury Updates before Flyers vs. Capitals

Here's the update from morning skate.
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Capitals held a practice yesterday that raised a little bit of questions about the lineup tonight. Well have no fear of the Philadelphia Flyers, here's an update on the Caps side of things.

These updates come via Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir of Monumental Network: Tom Wilson was on the ice after he missed practice yesterday for personal reasons. Charlie Lindgren was the first goalie off the ice so expect him to get the cage tonight. Tarik also notes that Wilson will play tonight and expect him to lineup alongside Hendrix Lapierre and Alex Ovechkin up top.

So it should look something like this in terms of the lines

Ovechkin-Lapierre-Wilson

Pacioretty-Strome-Milano

Protas-McMichael-Mantha

Malenstyn Sgarbossa-NAK

Sandin-Carlson

Edmundson-Jensen

Alexeyev and either TvR or Bar

Starter's net: Lindgren

So no Nic Dowd or Martin Fehervary nor T.J. Oshie. But Tom Wilson, Nick Jensen, and Sonny Milano are IN. The Caps also added an undrafted free agent to an entry level deal. More on him in another post but for now let's focus on the importance of tonight's game.

The Caps are 4-1-1 in their last five games and 5-3-2 in their last 10. The Flyers meanwhile are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and 2-3-0 in their last five. The time is NOW for the Capitals to win this game. Even with the recent slide by the opposition they still sit six points back of third in the Metro Division.

Of course it gets more dicey in the wild card. They are seven points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning which is pretty bad. And while the Bolts lost they still gained a point since it went to overtime. So it's operation win in regulation. Even if the Caps game goes to overtime it's a scenario they simply cannot afford whatsover.

Reminder the game is at 7 p.m. and if you're local you can catch it on Monumental Sports Network while it'll be nationally televised on NHL Network.

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