Originally posted on NHL Injury News  |  Last updated 11/5/13
Washington Capitals’ Captain Alex Ovechkin will be a game time decision, but is expected to return Tuesday night against the New York Islanders after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury. Ovechkin missed both of Washington’s games over the weekend after crashing into Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo last Monday night on a first period breakaway.  Ovechkin remained in the game and actually went on to lead all Capitals’ forwards in ice time (19:49), shots (3), and hits (4). Ovi was back on the ice Monday and took part in full contact drills.  According to Capitals’ insider Chuck Gormley, Ovechkin sure seemed ready and eager to return following practice.  Coach Adam Oates made it clear that while they want Ovechkin back, long term health would not be sacrificed.  “I wouldn’t play him if I thought it was something that could linger.”  Oates said.  “It doesn’t make sense to play a guy with something that’s lingering and I don’t see that as the case.” “They don’t need me”, Ovechkin joked after they outscored their opponents 10-2 over the weekend.  However, the Capitals would love to get their Captain back into the lineup.  Before his injury, Ovechkin had been off to a hot start this season with 15 points (10g, 5a) in the Capitals first 12 games, while firing a league high 75 shots.  Even with the two games missed Ovi still leads the league in shots and is tied for third in goals.  Assuming he does suit up, he will look to pick up where he left off when the Capitals square off against the Islanders in Washington Tuesday night, a team that he has 31 points against in 29 career games.
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