Alex Ovechkin Did Not Participate In Morning Skate, Laviolette Would Not Confirm If He Will Play Tonight

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette told media following the team’s morning skate on Saturday that the team is working through some things in the room, and would not confirm if Alex Ovechkin will or will not play tonight.

Ovechkin was listed “day-to-day” on Friday with a lower body injury that he sustained in the third period of the Capitals first game with the Islanders on Thursday. He appeared to pull up (right leg) as he rushed the puck through the neutral zone with 2:49 remaining in regulation.

Ovechkin ultimately did not skate in the overtime period but remained on the bench. He did not participate in the Capitals’ optional practice on Friday.

Ovechkin has missed just 35 games in 16 seasons. 17 of those absences haves been injury related. The other 18 absences were due to suspension, personal reasons, COVID, etc.

The Capitals forward lines at morning skate:

Ovechkin has scored 24 goals in 43 games this season and sits just one goal away from tying Marcel Dionne for fifth on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

The Capitals face the Islanders in the second game of their three-game set Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum in New York. The two teams will return to the District for their regular season-series finale at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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1 Response to Alex Ovechkin Did Not Participate In Morning Skate, Laviolette Would Not Confirm If He Will Play Tonight

  1. Anonymous says:

    Have him sit, maybe he can go Tuesday.

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