Craig Anderson Will Start For Capitals vs. Flyers; Alex Ovechkin Still Out

Captain Alex Ovechkin will miss his seventh straight game due to a lower-body injury sustained in the final minutes of regulation during the Washington Capitals‘ 1-0 shootout win over the New York Islanders on April 22 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). The 35-year-old skated before the team’s optional morning skate on Saturday. It marked the first time Ovechkin has been on the ice since Monday.

Goaltender Craig Anderson will make just his fourth appearance of the season on Saturday after Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves in Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Flyers. The 39-year-old has not played since April 15, when he played 24:44 in a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Ilya Samsonov, who has missed the past three games, is still on COVID-19 protocol.

Defenseman Justin Schultz could return to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury but head coach Peter Laviolette would not confirm whether he will.

The NHL sent out a memo on Friday night announcing that COVID-19 restrictions and protocols will be eased for vaccinated individuals for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The East Division title could be locked up on Saturday. Below are the scenarios for how the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins could secure it:

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By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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