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Wilson's dad discusses his son's 'heightened emotions'

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Wilson's dad discusses his son's 'heightened emotions'

With the Capitals’ fathers gathered together in a luxury suite at BB&T Center on Thursday night, you can imagine the uncomfortable feeling Keven Wilson must have had when he watched his son skate off the ice early in the third period with a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for shouldering Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell into the boards.

As his father, Keven Wilson sees Tom Wilson differently than most and on many occasions needs to bite his tongue when asked about his son’s rambunctious style on the ice.

“Hockey is a game that’s played faster than real life,” Keven Wilson said before departing on the Caps’ two-game trip to Florida, where they’ll face the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Amalie Arena (7 p.m., CSN).

“It requires responses and reflexes that are faster than real life. What we see on the ice is heightened emotions, heightened athleticism, and I don’t think it’s fair to take that parallel down to the level of real life.

“The exuberance and the enthusiasm is there, but it’s dialed up (on the ice). If you saw Tom on an off-day he’d be equally exuberant and enthusiastic, but in a more proletariat way.”

Through 27 games, Tom Wilson, 21, has two goals, five assists and a team-high 58 penalty minutes. But don’t be fooled by all those PIMs. Two months into his third NHL season, Wilson has just one fighting major this season, a tussle with Calgary’s Brandon Bollig on Nov. 13.

That’s a far cry from the 26 fights he got into in his first two seasons with the Capitals. But it’s the reputation Wilson earned from those 26 fights that could be working against him this season.

Of his 58 penalty minutes, Wilson has just two five-minute majors – one for fighting, the other for boarding Campbell – a team-high 18 minors, one 10-minute misconduct and one game misconduct.

Like many Caps fans, Keven Wilson probably wouldn’t agree with every one of the calls against his son this season. But if there is one thing he has learned about Tom it’s been his resiliency and resolve. And he credits Tom’s older brother, Peter, for instilling that.

“He has an older brother, five years older, and Tom was up for the challenge,” Keven Wilson said. “He felt he could compete. Right from the beginning he kept at it and never doubted himself and I think his older brother should get a ton of credit for where he is now.”

Wilson, who lives in Toronto, is making his third dads’ trip with the Capitals and said he wouldn’t miss it for the world.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s so much fun. It reconnects dads who have had to let go of their kids and the great times they’ve had. Everybody talks about the sacrifices, but I think it was fun. Everybody went into this ready, willing and able. It’s a journey and to end up here is something indescribable.”

Wilson said that journey has produced a collection of proud moments for him as a father, but his greatest satisfaction is that his son is getting paid to play a game he’s loved since he was 4 years old.

“Every once in a while I check back in with him and say, ‘Are you having fun?’ And so far the response has always been, ‘I’m having a blast.’ And that’s all I’ve got to hear.”

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Capitals Injury updates: Braden Holtby a possibility to start in Montreal

Capitals Injury updates: Braden Holtby a possibility to start in Montreal

The Capitals were able to pull out a win Friday in Colorado without Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie or Braden Holtby. With a game Monday in Montreal, the team hopes it will not be quite as shorthanded against the Canadiens.

Washington practiced Sunday in Montreal and three goalies took to the ice. Holtby was on the ice along with Pheonix Copley and Ilya Samsonov 

Holtby suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday morning prior to the game in Winnipeg. That injury kept him out of the lineup both Wednesday and Friday. The Caps netminder told Chris Kuc of The Atlantic that he is ready to play, but still needs to be cleared by doctors.

Head coach Todd Reirden said after practice that Holtby was a possibility to start Monday.

With Holtby’s status still up in the air, Samsonov remains with the team in case he is needed to suit up as a backup.

While Holtby was on the ice for practice, both Kuznetsov and Oshie were not. Reirden told the media that both players are day-to-day and are with the team in Montreal. Their status for Monday remains uncertain.

With no Kuznetsov or Oshie, Reirden kept the offensive lines largely the same from Friday except for switching Devante Smith-Pelly to the third line and moving Brett Connolly down to the fourth.

Alex Ovechkin – Lars Eller – Tom Wilson 
Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson – Travis Boyd – Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitrij Jaskin – Nic Dowd – Brett Connolly

Reirden switched up the lines frequently on Friday and Stephenson, Boyd, Smith-Pelly combined for a goal in the second period.

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

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

When the Capitals traveled to Montreal to face the Canadiens earlier this month, they suffered one of their toughest losses of the season, allowing three goals in the final three-plus minutes of the third period, falling 6-4 in devastating fashion.

The Caps will be looking for revenge on Monday evening, as they get their first crack at the Canadiens since that devastating loss.

Alex Ovechkin enjoys playing against the Canadiens. In 47 games against Montreal in his career, Ovechkin has 51 points (29 goals and 22 assists), including a two-goal performance in their meeting earlier this season.

Here is everything you need to know about Capitals vs. Canadiens which takes place Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.

CAPITALS at CANADIENS: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 20 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. ET

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

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at the Canadiens on the new MyTeams by NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan, 1500 AM

CAPITALS at CANADIENS TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Capitals at Montreal Canadiens
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS at CANADIENS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Max Domi, LW, Canadiens: In 20 games, Domi has recorded a point in all but three of them. His 24 points are tied for the ninth-most in the NHL.

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals: Ovechkin loves playing against the Canadiens, as he has totaled 51 points in 47 career games against Montreal. In their first meeting this season, he netted two goals in the 6-4 loss.

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