Alex Ovechkin leaves morning skate, will miss second straight game

Alex Ovechkin will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury. (USATSI)
Alex Ovechkin will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury. (USATSI)

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Alex Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals’ morning skate in New Jersey and will not play in Friday night’s game against the Devils. It is the second straight game Ovechkin will miss since sustaining a lower-body injury, apparently against the New York Rangers on Jan. 19.

"He went out onto the ice, [skated two laps] and then went off," Capitals coach Adam Oates told reporters after the skate. "I still haven't found out why he went out so fast. I don't know if it was because it was more serious than he thought or not healing. I was hoping he might be able to go [Saturday] but I don't know."

This is obviously a concern for the Caps if Ovechkin’s injury is serious. The league’s leading goal scorer with 35 tallies, Ovechkin is one of the few bright spots on a struggling Washington team.

Despite being seventh in the Metropolitan Division, however, the Caps are still in the playoff hunt, so being without the league’s best goal scorer is obviously not going to help. The Caps lost their last game sans Ovechkin 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators.

Ovechkin's injury concern is also something Team Russia will obviously be keeping an eye on as well. Any injury at this point could impact the Olympics in some way. As host country, there's a lot of pressure on Russia for 2014 and Ovechkin is certainly a vital part of their sqaud.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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