Alex Ovechkin Misses Second Consecutive Practice With Lower-Body Injury


Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was once again a non-participant in Capitals practice on Monday. Ovechkin also sat out the team’s practice on Sunday.

Ovechkin left the Capitals’ final preseason game on Friday with an apparent knee injury midway through the first period after he collided with Philadelphia Flyers’ right-wing Travis Konecny. The team announced at the first intermission that he would not return to the game.

Capitals Coach Peter Laviolette said after practice on Sunday that he doesn’t think Alex Ovechkin’s lower-body injury is long-term. He is still listed as day-to-day, but not sure if he plays in Wednesday’s season-opener.

The lines at practice on Monday:

The Capitals power play units without Ovechkin:

The Capitals will open their regular-season schedule against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. They will already be without center Nicklas Backstrom, who has yet to skate since the team’s first-round series exit in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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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