Alex Ovechkin Injury: Updates on Capitals Star's Status
Reigning Hart Trophy winner Alexander Ovechkin has gotten off to a hot start early in the 2013-14 campaign, but the Washington Capitals superstar winger is currently day to day with an upper-body injury, according to the Caps' public relations staff.
#Caps Alex Ovechkin sustained an upper body injury and is listed as day to day. Jay Beagle is out today with sickness.— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 30, 2013
Ovechkin will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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Adam Vingan of NHL.com confirms Alex Ovechkin will return to action tonight and provides a statement from the Capitals star:
After missing the Washington Capitals' weekend back-to-back games with an upper-body injury, right wing Alex Ovechkin will return to the lineup Tuesday against the New York Islanders.
"I feel fresh and I feel, before I get hurt, really good," Ovechkin said. "Of course you don't want to miss two games but it happens and I'm back and I'm pretty happy."
From Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington:
#CapitalsTalk Adam Oates says Alex Ovechkin [upper body] will be game-day decision Tue vs. Isles. Ovi participated in full practice— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) November 4, 2013
#CapitalsTalk Alex Ovechkin after practice: 'It looks like I’m probably going to play tomorrow and I’m happy to be back.'— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) November 4, 2013
From NBC Washington's Adam Vingan:
Alex Ovechkin will sit out of tonight's game against the Panthers. Adam Oates expects the lines/pairings to remain the same from yesterday.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) November 2, 2013
From Adam Vingan of NBC Washington:
Alex Ovechkin's upper-body injury will keep him out of Friday's game v. PHI. It's his first game missed via injury since Feb. 22, 2012.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) October 31, 2013
From Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com:
Ovi skating early with Erskine and strength/conditioning coach Mark Nemish. That means he won't be going to Philly. Day-to-day, upper body.— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) October 31, 2013
Katie Carrera of The Washington Post had more details about when the injury occurred and his status:
Ovechkin skated 19 minutes 49 seconds in Monday’s 3-2 loss at Vancouver, with his last shift coming as time expired in that contest, but Coach Adam Oates said the injury occurred at some point in the first period.
“He was sore,” Oates said. Head athletic trainer Greg Smith “told me he was a little sore. I think as the game went along probably a little sorer. Yesterday was an off day, we traveled, so he’s getting checked out today.”
Oates declined to give any additional details on Ovechkin’s injury, except to say that the 28-year-old did not suffer a concussion.
Ovechkin's status for Friday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers is currently unclear.
The Caps have struggled a bit out of the gate as they are just 5-7, but Ovechkin hasn't been the issue. He is tied for sixth in the league with 15 points, and his 10 goals trail only St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen, who has netted 11.
Ovechkin's defensive play is somewhat disconcerting, though. He owns a minus-six rating for the year, and while that has much to do with the fact that eight of his points have come on the power play, Ovechkin has never been known as a great two-way forward.
There is no doubt that he is a supreme offensive talent and a likely future Hall of Famer, but his effort in the defensive zone has been questioned over the years.
Even so, the Capitals go as Ovechkin goes, so the team can't afford to be without him for long. Luckily, Washington has three days between Monday's game and Friday's clash with the Flyers, so perhaps a little time off will do Ovechkin some good.
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