Alex Ovechkin will not suit up when the Washington Capitals take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night. The Washington Post is reporting that he’ll miss the game because of a shoulder injury that was sustained earlier in the week. As per the Post’s report:
…Ovechkin will not travel with the Capitals to Philadelphia and will miss Friday’s game against the Flyers because of the apparent shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the week.
Katie Carrera of The Post also elaborated on when Ovechkin sustained the injury.
Coach Adam Oates confirmed that it occurred when Ovechkin was tripped by Alexander Edler 1 minute 19 seconds seconds into the contest and sent crashing into Roberto Luongo and the Canucks’ net.
Here’s a replay of the point when it’s believed that Ovechkin sustained the injury to his right shoulder.
Needless to say, losing the NHL’s leading goal scorer is bad news for a Capitals team that has struggled to put wins on the board in the early going this season. Washington won three consecutive games from October 18 to October 24, but failed to capitalize on that forward momentum.
They lost their next two contests to the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks and still haven’t found a way to .500. They are sixth in the terrible Metropolitan Division, and losing the Great 8 probably isn’t going to help matters much.
One way or the other, we’ll know more about this squad after Friday’s contest against the Flyers.