Alex Ovechkin will remain out of the lineup for the Washington Capitals against the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, TVAS, NBCSWA, NBCSP, NHL.TV) because of a lower-body injury.
The Capitals forward will sit out for the sixth time in seven games because of the injury. Ovechkin missed four games before returning to play one shift in a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers on Monday and did not play in a 4-2 win against New York on Wednesday.
Ovechkin did not participate in the morning skate Friday and coach Peter Laviolette said the 35-year-old has not been on the ice "in any official manner" since Monday.
"I'm not sure if he went out for a spin or not," Laviolette said. "He wasn't out with us beforehand and he wasn't out with us (for the morning skate)."
When asked if Ovechkin could return to the lineup against the Flyers on Saturday, Laviolette replied, "Well, I don't expect him tonight."
Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals in 44 games, and at 730 NHL goals is one from tying Marcel Dionne for fifth all-time.