COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Washington Capitals will be without forward Tom Wilson for the second straight game after the concussion in Tuesday night's game against the Golden Knights and the Saturday matchup between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals also may be down another forward against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Washington recalled Riley Barber from the American Hockey League on Friday due to "more than one guy" under the weather and considered questionable, Coach Todd Reirden said.
Other than Wilson, the Capitals had a full attendance at Saturday's morning skate.
"That's just protecting ourselves," Reirden said of Barber's recall. "Hopefully everyone will continue to the game tonight. But if not, Riley's played really well and deserves the opportunity. "
Before getting hurt, Wilson had eight goals and six assists in 11 games. Forward Andre Burakovsky will skate again in Wilson's top-line right-wing spot Saturday night.
To make room for Barber's recall, the Capitals placed forward T.J. Oshie, who also has a concussion, on injured reserve. The move is retroactive, and because Oshie has already missed 10 games, he can be activated at any time.
Oshie did not join the team on this three-game trip, but he was skating back in Washington, and he could participate in practice Monday. It's unclear if it would be ready to play its first game in a month. Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings.
"We're going to continue to evaluate," Reirden said.
Barring and defenseman Christian Djoos are expected to be the healthy scratches against the Blue Jackets, meaning rookie Jonas Siegenthaler will play a second straight game for the first time all season.
"I wanted to see him in the back-to-back situations," he told Reuters. Him "to be a better chance to success". We wanted to get him back in there again. I think he's been fairly poised out, and he wants to be a little bit more punishment, if we are in that situation tonight.
"That's just kind of where we are going down the road in his future in our blue line. For me, with the injuries and suspensions we have had to go through this year.
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