Ovechkin to be re-evaluated Saturday for lower-body injury


WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin will be re-evaluated on Saturday for his lower-body injury, head coach Peter Laviolette said after the Capitals preseason finale Friday.

"They’re going to re-evaluate him tomorrow and assess him for practice the next day," Laviolette said. "I think that’s where it’s at right now.”

Laviolette would not go into specifics as to the team's initial feelings on the severity of the injury.

"I think [the training staff is] going to look at it," Laviolette said. "As always, they're going to be cautious and they'll re-evaluate it and then we'll look to see where he's at before practice, if he's there or if he needs a little bit more time."

In the first period of Friday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Ovechkin initiated contact from behind on Flyers forward Travis Konecny.  It appeared Ovechkin's leg was caught awkwardly on the hit and he took one step and stumbled down to the ice. He remained down several moments before skating off under his own power and favoring his left leg. He immediately proceeded to the tunnel.

When asked if Ovechkin could have returned, Laviolette said, "He wasn't going to come back tonight. They'll look at the doctors, our training staff will look at it and they'll make a decision on where he's at."

"There's always a concern," T.J. Oshie said on the team's reaction to seeing Ovechkin go down. "We were kind of joking in the room there that that Russian blood, he'll be back soon. I don't know if he even misses a day. He's a tough guy. It's always concerning seeing him lay there, but no doubt he'll be back scoring goals in no time."