Alex Ovechkin was regarded as a game-time decision for Saturday’s contest against Buffalo after being unable to play Minnesota on Thursday due to a lower-body injury. The final verdict is that he’ll be on the ice tonight, per the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt.
The 29-year-old superstar forward participated in all of Washington’s first 65 games this season, scoring 43 goals and 67 points. Not including the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, he has taken part in a minimum of 72 contests in each season since his debut.
Prior to getting hurt, Ovechkin was on fire with five goals in the span of four contests. With a five-marker lead over the New York Rangers’ Rick Nash, Ovechkin is on course to claim his third straight Rocket Richard Trophy and the fifth of his career.
Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision tonight when the Washington Capitals play host to the Buffalo Sabres.
Ovechkin missed Caps’ 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night due to a lower body injury.
It was the first game the Washington captain has missed this season.
As for tonight?
“We’ll see,” Ovechkin told The Washington Post. “I’m probably going to take a warmup and we’ll see how it goes.”
The 29-year-old, who leads the league in both goals (43) and points (67), suffered the injury on Tuesday night in Columbus.
Ovechkin skated briefly Friday, but left the team’s practice early.
“It was a pain, probably if it was a playoff game, I would be in,” he said. “Right now, you don’t want to push when you don’t feel healthy enough. Right now I feel much better so I’m going to try.
“I still was a little bit soreness, but I think you can ask everybody in the locker room right now, somebody have soreness in everybody.”
According to the Post, if Ovechkin can’t go, rookie forward Andre Burakovsky will start his second straight game.
Washington lost its only other meeting with the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Nov. 22.
Following tonight’s game, Washington has three days off prior to playing host to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Jason Pominville’s first multi-goal game of the season couldn’t have come at a better time for the Minnesota Wild.
Pominville scored twice in the third period, including game winner on a wicked slap shot following a Washington turnover in the neutral zone, to give the Wild a 2-1 victory over the Capitals, who were without Alex Ovechkin due to a lower-body injury, on Thursday. The Wild have now won four straight, as they move to fourth in the Central Division.
“We’re a confident group,” Pominville told NHL.com. “We’re playing well. We’re doing a lot of good things. We’re getting great goaltending when we need it. You can tell we’ve improved our road record, and a big part of that is goaltending and confidence.”