Capitals winger Tom Wilson will have a hearing today with the NHL’s department of player safety for interference on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas on Friday night.
Early in the third period of the Blues’ 4-0 preseason victory at Capital One Arena, Wilson curled around a teammate and blasted Thomas with a shoulder check in front of the visitors’ bench after Thomas appeared to lose control of the puck.
Wilson is listed a 6-4, 217; Thomas is 6-0, 192.
The Blues did not like the hit. Almost immediately, St. Louis winger Dmitri Jaskin challenged Wilson to a fight at center ice.
Wilson was not assessed a penalty for the hit on Thomas.
Asked if he was surprised that the NHL requested a hearing, Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday morning, “I was a little bit. I didn’t really go through it. I saw it real briefly, just on the monitor like we always do, and I didn’t think much of it. But obviously they did.”
Trotz added: “I was a little surprised. Whatever decision that they have we’ll deal with it. They do a good job.”
Wilson, who has been fined but never suspended, was originally scheduled to be in the lineup vs. the Hurricanes on Saturday night. Brett Connolly will skate in his place.