Alex Ovechkin Does Not Participate In Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals held their gameday morning skate Tuesday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. They host the New York Islanders tonight at Capital One Arena.

Team captain Alex Ovechkin did not participate in this morning’s workout. Ovechkin suffered an upper body injury in the third period of Sunday night’s game against the Maple Leafs and was listed “day-to-day” by the Capitals on Monday.

It should be noted that Ovechkin has not been officially ruled out for tonight’s game. He just didn’t participate in the team’s morning skate.

We should find out more when Laviolette meets with the media after morning skate.

More to come.

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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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14 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Does Not Participate In Morning Skate

  1. Lesliej427 says:

    I cannot imagine the benefit of playing him in these last games with Playoffs around the corner 😬 I don’t care how strong he is, if something untoward is lurking in his body at this point playing hockey sure ain’t gonna make it heal faster 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s a hard decision to make! I’d hate to play him and risk injury vs Islanders since they aren’t that strong of a team, but we need all 6 points to end the season! Our seeding in the playoffs is riding on it! We don’t want to play FLA in the first round 🙁 Does OVI give us the best chance to win the last 3 games and potentially decrease our chances of having to play FLA?

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder if the goal record plays into it. I’d rest him, too. But the record may be taking precedence at this point. Otherwise I’d rest him for all of April.

  2. Marky says:

    You guys need to be careful what you wish for with which team you’d rather have. Playing Shesterkin in NY with all the Tom Wilson hate/drama? I’d rather they be massive underdogs in ‘who gives a crap’ Florida again Bobrovsky, who they have played well against historically…

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I get what you’re saying, Marky. But statistically the Rangers have a few holes. He’s, Shesty has been solid, but never played in postseason.

      • Marky says:

        It would make for a very exciting matchup that’s for sure. I just think with Caps expectations lower that you might as well play the big dog with no expectations and see what happens. I don’t think too many of us expect to get out of the 1st round anyway…

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, but I think we match up better against NYR. FLA would just overwhelm us! We have the best road team in the league, but I’d rather take my chances in the Garden. Def rather play a netminder with ZERO playoff experience.

  3. novafyre says:

    Even if the area is just weakened and not injured severely, not resting it will not help. Rehab consists of very controlled movements — impossible in a game. And would the Islanders go out of their way to avoid injuring him more?

    I do not feel it is worth the risk. I do not feel the potential seeding benefit is great enough and the downside of Ovi not being able to perform in the playoffs too great.

    Going after the record should not play a role in the decision.

    • DWGie26 says:

      Totally agree. First, I don’t really care who we play in first round. You gotta beat a good team in every round so there is no such thing as easy. We have finally gotten healthy and staying healthy will be key to the journey, but there will be injuries and will employ “next man up” so also good to get McMike a game. notice they just moved him to first line in order to keep the other three lines in tact. Lavi has his playoff lineup. Let OV recuperate a bit.

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