COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Washington Capitals will be without striker Tom Wilson for a second game in a row after a concussion Tuesday night against the Golden Knights of Vegas, and in a meeting on Saturday between the top two teams in the Metropolitan division, the Capitals can also be another striker against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Washington recalled Riley Barber of the American Hockey League on Friday because "more than one guy" is in bad weather and deemed questionable, said coach Todd Reirden.
Aside from Wilson, who has not skated since his bare head fell on the ice in Las Vegas, the Capitals witnessed a complete assault in Saturday morning's session.
"It's just to protect us," Reirden said of Barber's recall. "Hopefully everyone will continue to be healthy as tonight's game approaches. But otherwise, Riley's really played well and deserves the opportunity. "
Before getting injured, Wilson scored eight goals and six assists in 11 games. Striker Andre Burakovsky will return to Wilson's right wing on Saturday night.
To prepare for the Barber recall, the Capitals have placed striker T.J. Oshie, who also has a concussion, is on the injured reserve. The move is retroactive, and since Oshie has already missed 10 games, it can be activated at any time.
Oshie did not join the team on this three-game trip, but he has already skated in Washington and he could participate in testing on Monday. It is unclear whether he would be ready to play his first game in a month on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings.
"We will continue to evaluate, but it is making progress," said Reirden.
Barber and defender Christian Djoos should be the best against the Blue Jackets, meaning rookie Jonas Siegenthaler will play his second consecutive game for the first time this season.
"I wanted to see him in back-to-back situations, especially against an opponent like this one, a team that has a hard time defeating before," Reirden said. "He's already played them, so sometimes a little more familiarity with a guy like him gives him a better chance of success. We wanted to bring him back there. I think it was pretty laid and, for me, it adds a bit of size to our blue line and we try to use it a bit more for punishment-punishment actually, if we are in this situation tonight .
"It's a bit like that we see it on the road in its future in our blue line. For me, with the injuries and suspensions that we had to undergo this year, it's an opportunity and guys who benefit. "
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