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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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