Alex Ovechkin Injury: Updates on Capitals Star's Lower Body and Return

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, pauses with his helmet off during a timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin suffered a lower-body injury that kept him out of the NHL All-Star Game, but he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Ovechkin to Play vs. Islanders

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz told reporters Ovechkin will play on Thursday against the New York Islanders.

Ovechkin Comments on Injury

Wednesday, Jan. 27

"I have to be ready for the rest of the year. Get healthy. We have good chance to have success, and I want to be part of it," said Ovechkin, per Chuck Gormley of CSN Mid-Atlantic. After thanking fans, he added, "Tell them sorry, but right now we’re focused to get ready for the rest of the year and be healthy in the playoffs."

Durable Ovechkin Enjoying Another Brilliant Season

Ovechkin has been quite durable throughout his NHL career. A lower-body injury in the 2014-15 season halted his streak of 96 consecutive games played, but he's otherwise proven his toughness and missed just one contest with the aforementioned ailment.

The 30-year-old veteran has posted a plus/minus rating of plus-20 this season, helping Washington emerge among Stanley Cup contenders. He's posted 28 goals and 14 assists in 46 games, putting him on pace for a third straight 50-goal campaign.