Tom Wilson to have in person hearing

The hearing will take place this afternooon with the NHL Department of Player Safety via videoconference
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

Washington Capitals forward right wing Tom Wilson will have an in person hearing via videoconference with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday afternoon. This is due to a high stick during Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs with the victim being Noah Gregor during the third period.

Wilson received a double minor on the play and the Caps would go on to lose 7-3 and enter tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes three points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The play resuled in Wilson's stick hitting Gregor in the face. As a repeat offender, Wilson faces a suspension of up to six games or more. He's been suspended five times during his 11 year career the most recent penalty served in March 2021.

Wilson turns 30 next week and has recorded 32 points with 17 goals and 15 assists in 66 games. He added 120 penalty minutes. That's the most penalty minutes he's accumuluated since the 2018-19 season. Prior to that they at least were double digits.

Wilson had a career high 24 goals in 2021-22 before getting injured in Game 1 of the first round when the Caps took on the Florida Panthers. With the playoff chase the team is in the middle of and a big game against the team that started all the Caps troubles in the first place, the team recalled Matthew Phillips from the Hershey Bears.

Phillips was claimed off waivers in February by the Pittsburgh Penguins before the Caps claimed him right back when the Pens sent him to waivers. Phillips scored his first NHL goal in the Caps second game of the season which happened to be against the organization that drafted him.

Anyway you'll know when we know if Tom Wilson gets suspended and for how long.