Alex Ovechkin Sits Out Practice, Preparations For The Islanders: News From Capitals’ Thursday Practice


After a day off on Wednesday, the Washington Capitals were back to work Thursday morning to begin preparations for the New York Islanders. The Capitals will practice again on Friday before departing for Long Island Friday afternoon in advance of their tilt with the Islanders Saturday afternoon.
Alex Ovechkin took a spin on the ice Thursday morning but left and did not continue with practice. He was a precautionary hold-out with an upper-body injury.

Lines at Thursday’s practice:

Head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media following Thursday’s practice. He spoke about Alex Ovechkin, Conor Sheary and playing in the new Isles arena on Saturday after today’s practice.

Conor Sheary also met with the media following practice.

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded seven points (4g, 3a) in his last eight games and his 35 points (12g, 23a) in 34 games this season rank second on the Capitals. Kuznetsov is averaging 21:47 of ice time this season, eclipsing his single-season career high set in 2017-18 by nearly three minutes (18:49). The Chelyabinsk, Russia native is on pace to record 81 points this season, which would be the second highest total of his career (2017-18: 83 points).

Kuznetsov is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (3), leads Washington in game-winning assists (8) and ranks second in penalties drawn (12). The Capitals, who sit one point out of first place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 20-8-9, are 15-3-3 when Kuznetsov records a point.

Additionally, Kuznetsov’s 62.0 goals for percentage at five-on-five (31 goals for, 19 goals against) ranks second in the NHL among forwards with at least 500 minutes of five-on-five play, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (64.06 percent)

Kuznetsov has registered nine multi-point efforts this season, including three games with three assists. He is one of six players in the NHL to record three individual three-assist games this season (Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan MacKinnon, Nazem Kadri, Kirill Kaprizov, Quinn Hughes).

Outside The Nations Capital

The four divisional rosters for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game will be revealed Thursday exclusively on ESPN’s SportsCenter program, the TV network tweeted. The reveal program will be hosted by Steve Levy, along with analysts and former NHLers Chris Chelios and Mark Messier.

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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