Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said he is unsure if superstar Alex Ovechkin will be in the lineup for Saturday's regular-season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ovechkin left the team Monday to fly to Moscow following the death of his uncle. He was expected to return Friday afternoon.
Boudreau said he will have a better idea of Ovechkin's physical condition on Saturday morning. The time difference between Moscow and Washington is nine hours.
The two-time league MVP had 32 goals and 53 assists last season for a career-low 85 points.
Ovechkin had reeled off three consecutive seasons of at least 50 goals, including a career-high 65 in 2007-08, and last season marked the first time he scored fewer than 46 in six seasons with the Capitals.