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Ovechkin a game-time decision for Tuesday's game

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Ovechkin a game-time decision for Tuesday's game

As the players trickled onto the ice for the morning skate, one player was notably absent: Alex Ovechkin. The Caps' captain will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the San Jose Sharks due to personal reasons, according to head coach Barry Trotz.

Trotz was brief when asked about Ovechkin, not offering any explanation for his absence other than "personal reasons." When asked if Ovechkin would play in Tuesday's game, Trotz said, "I don't know. That'll be game-time decision."

Skating in Ovechkin's place on the top line was Stanislav Galiev who was a healthy scratch in Saturday's opener. With Nicklas Backstrom and Chris Brown both still dealing with injuries, Galiev is poised to play in his first game of the season should Ovechkin indeed be out.

Galiev skated in Ovechkin's spot on the top line and on the power play in the morning skate, but will not play there in the game.

"We'll move lines around," Trotz said. The head coach also said that he intended to keep the fourth line of Brooks Laich, Michael Latta and Sean Collins intact meaning any line shuffling will come from the top nine.

Lines at the morning skate:

Stanislav Galiev - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson - Andre Burakovsky - Justin Williams

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Brooks Laich - Michael Latta - Sean Collins

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Nate Schmidt - Dmitry Orlov

Braden Holtby first off the ice

RELATED: Capitals anxiously await Joel Ward's return

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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