Capitals announce Alexander Ovechkin is day-to-day with a lower-body injury
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Alex Ovechkin Sidelined With Lower-Body Injury
The forward left the game on Friday after a collision with Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny. He didn’t return to the game and Washington announced Ovechkin would be evaluated on Saturday. The Russian player made a quick appearance at the team’s practice on Sunday but didn’t gear up to join his teammates. According to journalists, he wasn’t wearing a knee brace and wasn’t limping which can be a good sign. However, there was no further disclosure on the injury besides saying it is in his lower body.
During the 2020-21 season, Ovechkin was also sidelined with injury, missing 11 of the 56 games. In the 45 he appeared in, the 34-year-old scored 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points. During the brief Capitals playoff run, he had two goals and four points in five games played. Besides being sidelined with injury, during the regular season he ranked fourth on the team in points and led the Capitals in goals.
What This Means For The Future
Depending on how things develop with the injury, Ovechkin may not be out for too long. If that happens, the Caps won’t be too hurt by his absence. However, they are already starting the year without Nicklas Backstrom, their star centre and one of their top scorers. Backstrom is sidelined with a hip injury. The centre has said there is no timetable for his return.
Having both Backstrom and Ovechkin out of the lineup, even if it is for a few games, will make a big difference to how the Capitals will start the season. Their captain is the key piece on their offence and the games without him can be a struggle. However, his teammates don’t seem to be too worried about him being out for too long.
“There’s always a concern,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said when questioned on the matter. “We were kind of joking in the room there that that Russian blood, he’ll be back soon. I don’t know if he even misses a day. He’s a tough guy. It’s always concerning seeing him lay there, but no doubt he’ll be back scoring goals in no time.”
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