Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers as he continues to be bothered by a lower-body injury.
He took part in the morning skate but will be held out of the game. The Capitals can clinch the No. 1 seed in the East Division if they beat the Flyers in regulation, the Buffalo Sabres top the Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation and the New York Rangers defeat the Boston Bruins in regulation.
“It’s good to see him out there,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said Saturday. “That’s always a positive sign. It’s the first steps, so that’s a good thing.”
Ovechkin missed four games with the injury and attempted to play Monday in a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers. He left the game in the first period, and the Capitals announced during the first intermission that he would not return.