Washington Capitals: Alex Ovechkin day-to-day with lower-body injury; is season opener in doubt?

Ovechkin officially day-to-day.

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Mar 28, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals announced Sunday morning that superstar captain Alexander Ovechkin is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Ovechkin will not practice on Sunday, two days after he collided with Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny during a preseason game.

Alex Ovechkin question mark for season opener

The Capitals open the regular season on Wednesday at home against the New York Rangers. This injury does put some doubt on his ability to suit up for the game.

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Oct 8, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) kneels on the ice after injuring his left knee against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Today at practice, he was spotted around the arena and did not appear to be limping. That should be a good sign heading into the week.

“It’s possible; I’m not sure,” responds the coach to a follow-up on whether Ovechkin might play on Wednesday against the Rangers. “As always, you guys [in the media] will see it. Like I said, it’s not a long-term thing. We’ll start to see if he makes his way back here, and how it progresses over the next few days.”

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Ovechkin, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract extension in the offseason, is the franchise leader in games played (1,197), goals (730) and points (1,320) since being selected by Washington with the top overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. He was named the Conn Smythe Trophy recipient during the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup title in 2018.

Ovechkin collected 42 points (team-leading 24 goals, 18 assists) in 45 games in 2020-21 while competing in the final season of a 13-year, $124 million contract he signed in 2008. He sits one goal shy of tying Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne for fifth place all-time in NHL history.

–Field Level Media