Capitals’ Tom Wilson ruled out for Game 2 vs. Panthers

Washington Capitals coach Peter Laviolette left the door open for Tom Wilson to lace up for Thursday night’s Game 2 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Florida Panthers when the former first-round pick was labeled a game-time decision on Wednesday. The Capitals won’t need to wait until the opening faceoff to make that call though. Laviolette revealed Thursday afternoon that Wilson has been ruled out for the contest.

The 28-year-old forward suffered an unspecified lower-body injury during the first period of Washington’s 4-2 win on Tuesday after scoring the first goal of the contest.

Wilson has spent his entire career with the Capitals since being selected 16th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and is coming off of a season in which he set career highs in goals (24), assists (28) and points (52). He finished tied for second on the team with his two-dozen scores, third in assists and fourth in points.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Wilson has scored 14 goals, dished out 17 assists and totaled 31 points in 83 career playoff games.