Alex Ovechkin rejoined the Capitals out on the ice for apply after lacking Saturday’s morning skate and the staff’s game later that evening towards the Vegas Golden Knights. Without their captain for the primary time this season, the Capitals fell to the Pacific Division’s high staff, 6-2.
Ovechkin, who’s out day-to-day with a lower-body injury, was a full participant throughout Monday’s skate and took line rushes as one of the three wingers on a four-man first line that includes Dylan Strome, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and Aliaksei Protas.
Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette gave an update to the media afterwards.
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“I assumed he appeared good, however he is nonetheless day-to-day,” Laviolette mentioned. “It was good to get him again on the market although.”
The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, making an attempt to get extra data, requested Laviolette if the staff would have a greater thought throughout Tuesday’s morning skate.
“Yeah. Day-to-day,” Laviolette mentioned as he smiled and flashed a clever man look. “One day is at the moment after which we’ll see how he’s within the second half of that tomorrow.
“But yeah, it was good to see him on the market. He appeared good. He was transferring effectively on the market.”
Laviolette appeared to counsel beforehand that Ovi has been taking part in by way of a nagging lower-body injury.
As for the staff’s poor efficiency with out their famous person winger, the media urged that perhaps the staff was drained after taking part in its fifth game in eight nights.
“I’m not going to take a seat right here and make excuses,” Laviolette mentioned. “Everybody has a tricky schedule. We simply weren’t good. It was nice to have a break day. It was nice to not should exert any vitality. It was good to return in a pair of days later and discuss what occurred. Things we are able to do higher. Have a superb apply for forty minutes, hopefully, set it up for a reasonably good game tomorrow.
“I believe we have been taking part in some fairly good hockey as of late. Everything we did in that game wasn’t of the identical path that we have been transferring in earlier than that… It did not occur for us that game.”
Laviolette mentioned that he felt the staff was “previous it” and that he was happy with the tempo the skate had.
“It was nice apply on the market at the moment,” he mentioned. “Getting prepared for tomorrow. It’s going to be a tricky game.”
If it will be with Ovechkin, we’ll have to attend and see.
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