Alex Ovechkin remains day to day for the Washington Capitals, but coach Peter Laviolette expressed optimism that the forward's lower-body injury would not linger into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"I don't think it's that big of a deal where people should be wondering if he's going to be in the playoffs or not," Laviolette said Monday during his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan. "I don't think it's that. I said in the media the other day, sometimes we just don't know. Somebody does something inside the room and you say day to day because you just don't know. The players, the way we rehab now and the amount of staff, our staff is unbelievable. The training staff, the strength staff, to take players who do something and start to move it back in the right direction, it is just incredible how they work.
"I don't think it's anything long term. I'm not sure if he will be there tomorrow but I don't think anyone needs to start getting worried about like the playoffs or anything like that. … That's why I use the word day to day. I think we will be OK by then. Guys turn around pretty quick."
Washington is scheduled to play its final regular-season game against the Boston Bruins on May 11. The start date for the Stanley Cup Playoffs has not been announced.