The Capitals are definitely missing Tom Wilson's presence

Chris Lingebach
October 17, 2018 - 7:03 pm

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A little more than a quarter of the way through his suspension, the Capitals are feeling the loss of Tom Wilson on the ice.

The Sports Junkies asked Chandler Stephenson if they're "getting used to" playing without their top enforcer.

"Um. No, I don't think so," said Stephenson on The Morning Skate, presented by D.C. Lottery. "I mean, we definitely have to just deal with it, but we miss him a lot. He's a game-changer for us. He can turn a game around and I think he's just a presence out there that everybody knows, when he's on the ice, you don't want to wake him up. In a game, if somebody throws a big hit, he's gonna be woken up. Don't poke the bear."

Asked who's able to play the enforcer role in Wilson's absence, Stephenson said there's "quite a few guys."

"Brooks Orpik. (Oshie)," he said. "Osh likes to throw his weight around. He surprises a lot of guys I think with just how big he is. But how strong he is on his skates, like, he knocks a lot of guys off their feet. And Ovi obviously when he wants to hit somebody, he can almost take on anybody in the league head to head. There's definitely a few guys that like to throw their weight around."

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