NHL Buzz: Ovechkin day by day with lower body injury for Capitals

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Washington Capitals

alex ovechkin It is the day to day of the capital with an injury in the lower body.

Ovechkin had two shots in 17:54 of freeze time in the Capitals’ 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, but did not play in a 6-2 loss to the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

“There are always things that happen with the players,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Alex is usually very durable, but this is something he couldn’t skate this morning and it took him out of the lineup tonight.”

Ovechkin, who had played in all 48 games this season, has 52 points and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 30 goals.

The Capitals visit the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. — harvey valentine

florida panthers

Sergei Bobrovsky he will miss at least the next two Florida Panthers games.

The goalie left 2:01 into the first half of a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday with a lower-body injury after hitting the post while trying to make a save.

alex lyons he started and made 29 saves in a 5-3 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

“We were worried when we took him out because you never know, but he’s a lot better than we thought,” coach Paul Maurice said. “It is possible for the (next) weekend. We will not see it in the next [two games] most likely we don’t think.”

The Panthers play two straight games next week. They first travel to play the New York Rangers on Monday (7 pm ET; TVAS, MSG, BSFLX, ESPN+, SN NOW) and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday before returning home to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and the Boston Bruins. Saturday.

Bobrovsky is 12-13-2 with a 3.24 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in 30 games (29 starts) this season. The 34-year-old had started three of the last four games and played in 18 of the last 22 after Florida placed the goaltender spencer knight on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury on January 10.

Knight was loaned to Charlotte from the American Hockey League on Friday in hopes of being able to suit up on Monday.

“‘Spence’ is going to play for Charlotte today to play a full game, have 60 minutes,” Maurice said. “He’s been out a long time and we needed to put some rubber on him. And if he’s feeling good, he’ll meet us in New York.”

Florida will also be without eric staalwho was placed on injured reserve after entering the NHL’s concussion protocol following a hit by Canadiens linebacker mike mateson at 18:20 of the first half on Thursday.

“The first results were very good,” said Maurice. “You never know with these things, but I’d say it’s [possible] for the (next) weekend too”. –Jessi Pierce

pittsburgh penguins

kris letang he did not travel with the Penguins for their 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

The defender, who has missed 11 games due to a lower body injury, maintains his day-to-day life and worked on a fourth defensive pairing with ty smith in practice on Saturday.

Letang returned to practice Tuesday after spending the previous 15 days in Montreal following the death of his father, Claude Fouquet. He left before a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston on January 2.

“I guess in life it’s like that sometimes,” Letang said. “You don’t really control everything. You have to live it. Sometimes you’re going to go through times like this. You have to trust your family and those close to you to be there for you and support you.”

The 35-year-old missed five games earlier this season after suffering a stroke, the second of his NHL career, on November 28. Letang had four points (one goal, three assists) in eight games in his return from the previous stroke. to the wound

Letang leads Pittsburgh defensemen with 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 29 games this season.

“I think he’s getting better every day,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’ve got him on a game plan here that we hope will get him back in a timely manner.”

The Penguins flew to Montreal following a 4-1 win over the Coyotes on January 8 to attend Fouquet’s wake the next day. They were previously scheduled to fly directly to Pittsburgh after that game.

“Honestly, it was an emotional moment,” Letang said. “I’m thankful for everything the team has done for me in the last few weeks. It’s good to be back with these guys.” –Wes Crosby

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