According to multiple reports online, Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly took a puck to the face this morning at the team’s game day skate ahead of tonight’s pivotal Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Chec out the video for yourself courtesy of TSN, with a warning that this is NOT for the squeamish
The shot came courtesy of an Andre Burakovsky slap shot that went wild, striking Smith-Pelly up high and sending him to the locker room for stitches.
The question everyone wants to know though is, “Will he play tonight?”
“I’m fine. I got all my teeth… I’ll be fine. It’s just glued right now… still dripping blood but it’s fine. We’ll see.”
That seems encouraging? For what it’s worth, Smith-Pelly will at least get a free dinner out of it. “At least a dinner, at minimum a dinner, for sure,” said Smith-Pelly when asked about Burakovsky’s payment for the wayward blast.
So, unless something significant happens with Smith-Pelly between now and tonight’s 8pm ET puck drop, expect him to suit up alongside Chandler Stephenson and Jay Beagle on the Capitals’ fourth line.
Smith-Pelly got hit in the face with a puck, so he left the ice at morning skate early. Chiasson taking rushes for him. Would expect DSP this be fine by game-time tho.
That’s good news for the Caps, as Smith-Pelly has been electric in the Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. The 25 year old winger scored a HUGE goal for the Caps in Game 3, helping cement victory and a 2-1 series lead for his team.
In total Smith-Pelly has five goals and six points in 22 post season games this year, after finishing up the regular season with just seven goals and 16 points in 75 games. The former 2nd round pick (42nd overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was a surprise addition to the Capitals this season after getting bought out of the final year of his contract with the New Jersey Devils.
The wrecking ball of a player was a force in Game 3 with a goal and four penalty minutes in just over 10 minutes of ice time. Look for him to provide the hometown Caps with plenty of jump tonight in Game 4.