Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette was a guest on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday morning where he provided the latest on the status of Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin was injured in the third period of Sunday night’s game against the Maple Leafs, and did not play in Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders.
“He’s day-to-day right now. For me, I certainly hope that it’s nothing that’s long term. We’re gonna do the right things,” said Laviolette.
“Right now, for me it doesn’t make sense to go back into the lineup. He’ll go in today and again, more treatment and further evaluation. But with the end of the season coming up here, I don’t think we want him back until he’s 100 percent,” added Laviolette.
“I’m certainly hoping that for game 1 he’s ready and available. But again, when you’re listed as ‘day to day’ there are just certain things that we don’t know ourselves as to when that might be.”
Laviolette did agree that the end of the regular season and the playoffs have different parameters for an injured players availability.
”You don’t play somebody in game 81 or 82 because the playoffs are coming. You wanna make sure that they’re ready for that game. He has something that happened to him and right now we’re treating it. We’re hopeful that he’s ready for game 1.”
The coach was asked if Ovechkin would have played if the playoffs began yesterday.
“No, he wouldn’t have.”
However, with the playoffs beginning next week, the coach remains hopeful that Ovechkin will be back.
”I’m hopeful. That’s the thing about it, too. You ask me these questions and I’ll say, ‘oh yeah he’ll be there for game 1, no problem’. And then if he’s not there. Or if I say ‘no he’s out on game one for sure’, and then he’s there in game 1, ah well coach, he’s full of it’”, said Laviolette.
“I think ‘day to day’ is the right terminology for it. I don’t believe it’s long term, so I think ‘day to day’ is the right terminology. Alex is in there getting treatment and trying to put himself in a position where he can come back and help us.”
The Capitals are off today and will travel to Long Island in advance of their rematch with the Islanders on Thursday night. The Capitals complete their regular season schedule on Friday in New York City against the Rangers.
By Jon Sorensen