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Prospect Report: Carrick producing impressive numbers

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Prospect Report: Carrick producing impressive numbers

Hershey update: 12-6-1-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 2-0-1-1

There was a lot of excitement surrounding defenseman Madison Bowey heading into the season and understandably so. Bowey is considered one of the Caps top prospects and played incredibly well with Kelowna of the WHL. He also won gold with Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior tournament in 2015.

Bowey's debut overshadowed fellow defenseman Connor Carrick who was entering his third season in Hershey. Carrick's performance this season, however, is becoming impossible to ignore.

In three games last week, Carrick scored three goals and two assists. His 13 points on the season are tied for third on the team. That's not third among defensemen, that's third among all skaters on the team.

Carrick may be a bit small (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), but with the Caps dealing with a few injuries on the blue line, don't be surprised if his performance earns him a call-up sometime soon.

Nathan Walker is finding his groove with another big week (two goals, one assist). Considering he tore his ACL in January, his 10 points this season are very impressive.

Travis Boyd is enjoying his first season as a pro and is proving he has good instincts to go with his tremendous skill. Boyd had two assists last week, one of which came on a really nice play to setup Chris Bourque for the game-winner on Saturday. Watch it here:

Also, Hershey had its teddy bear toss on Sunday which is always awesome.

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Other prospect notes:

A pair of prospects have received invites to their respective national team's junior camps. Vitek Vanecek was invited to join the Czech Republic and Ilya Samsonov was invited to Russia's camp.

Vanecek is having a tremendous season in the ECHL while Samsonov is putting up historic numbers for an 18 year old in the KHL.

Samsonov will get a new teammate this week as former Cap Alexander Semin has signed with his KHL team Magnitogorsk Metallurg for the rest of the season. Let's hope Semin has nothing but good things to say about the only NHL team in which he was able to find consistent success.

Connor Hobbs and Colby Williams actually got to play together last week. The two defensemen are teammates on the Regina Pats of the WHL, but both have dealt with injury issues this season that has kept one or the other out of the lineup. Now, finally together, Hobbs tallied one goal and an assist and Williams had one assist over the week.

Hobbs currently leads the team's defensemen in points with 17.

In what is becoming a weekly tradition, it's time to look at what Thomas DiPauli did for Notre Dame. In Friday's win over UMass, DiPauli fired a backhand from above the circle that somehow managed to find the back of the net.

DiPauli also tallied two assists in the team's win on Saturday, including a very nice play from behind the net. Watch it here:

DiPauli now owns a three-game point streak and leads Notre Dame with seven goals on the season.

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Capitals vs. Panthers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Capitals vs. Panthers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Washington Capitals (3-2-1, 7pts) are coming off of an overtime thriller at home over the Rangers thanks to Matt Niskanen's crafty timing.

Through the first six games of the season, Washington is undefeated on Wednesdays, yet has failed to win consecutive games. The Caps hope to change that trend Friday night at home vs. the Florida Panthers (0-2-2, 2pts).

The Panthers have yet to win a game this season, with each of the four games being decided by just one goal. The Panthers have no problem scoring, netting at least five goals in two of the first four games, but have failed to seal the deal. This is where the defending Stanley Cup champions will need to capitalize.

Only the Maple Leafs (33) and Hurricanes (33) have scored times more than the Capitals (24). Washington has a clear advantage in firepower. The biggest key to victory is keeping the space in front of Braden Holtby clean as a whistle. If the Caps control their goalmouth, they should have no issues dispatching the Panthers.

Here is everything you need to know about the Friday night game, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: Watch Capitals vs. Panthers on the NBC Sports Washington live stream page and the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS-PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: NHL: Florida Panthers at Capitals 
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: Travis Boyd (OUT, IR), Tom Wilson (OUT, Suspension)

Panthers: Michael Haley (OUT, Leave of Absence), Roberto Luongo (OUT, MCL injury), Mike Matheson (OUT, Suspension) 

CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Evgenii Dadonov, W, Panthers: Dadonov is leading the Panthers this season with two goals and two assists on the season.

John Carlson, D, Capitals: Carlson had a heck of a game vs. the Rangers Wednesday night with a goal and two assists. The Capitals practiced faceoffs in practice leading up to Wednesday night's game and all of the practice paid off with Carlson's goal coming right off the faceoff from Backstrom. 

CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 123

All-Time Series Record: 64-50-9

Playoff Record: N/A

Last Meeting: Panthers beat Capitals 3-2 (2/22/2018)

Last 10 Meetings: Tied 5-5 

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What’s next for Capitals' Tom Wilson?

What’s next for Capitals' Tom Wilson?

On Thursday, Tom Wilson appealed his 20-game suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. So what happens now?

Wilson was suspended 20-games for a hit he delivered to St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the preseason. The NHLPA filed an appeal on Wilson’s behalf which led to his hearing on Thursday.

Bettman is expected to reach a decision sometime next week so for now, Wilson will have to wait.

When a decision is reached, he will have two options of how to proceed. First, he can accept the commissioner’s decision and serve whatever suspension remains. As of Thursday, he has currently served six games out of the original 20-game suspension.

Wilson also has the option of a second appeal. For suspensions of six games or more, a player can file a subsequent appeal to a neutral arbitrator. The arbitrator is given authority to issue a ruling based on whether the league’s finding of a violation of the rules and the penalty imposed were both supported by substantial evidence, meaning both the hit itself and the length of suspension will be reviewed.

This can be a lengthy process.

The most recent example of a player appealing to a neutral arbitrator is Nashville’s Austin Watson. He was suspended 27 games by the NHL on Sept. 12 for domestic assault. On Oct. 12 an arbitrator reduced the suspension to 18 games.

Given the serious nature of domestic assault, it should be noted that Wilson and Watson’s respective transgressions are in no way comparable. This example is used merely to illustrate how long the process can take.

Another example is that of Dennis Wideman who was suspended 20 games in 2016 for hitting and injuring a referee. His suspension was ultimately reduced to 10 games by an arbitrator, but by that time he had already served 19 games.

Wilson will remain suspended throughout the appeals process.

Obviously he would like to return to the ice as quickly as possible, but even if his appeal drags out and Wilson is forced to sit for most or all of those 20 games, he still can recoup some of the money he will forfeit from this suspension (over $1.2 million) which will make the arbitrator’s decision still relevant for him personally.

Should Wilson serve the full 20-game suspension, he will be eligible to return to play on Nov. 21 when the Caps host the Chicago Blackhawks.

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