Alex Ovechkin suffers upper-body injury, listed day to day for Caps

Ovechkin is second in the league with 10 goals so far. (USATSI)
Ovechkin is second in the league with 10 goals so far. (USATSI)

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There are few players in the league that mean more to their teams than Alex Ovechkin means to the Washington Capitals.

We don't say that just because he's their captain. Of course not. It's because Ovechkin fires shots on net like a mad man and on the season has 10 goals to go with five assists. Considering the team only has 34 goals this season, Ovechkin is factoring in on a little less than half of them.

So when the Capitals announced on Wednesday that Ovechkin left practice and is now day to day with an upper-body injury, you can understand why Caps fans are holding their breath.

Given the prognosis you can assume that it's not a serious injury at all to Ovechkin (oh, and feel better, Jay!) and he might not miss any time at all. Ovechkin is a tough and durable guy, it wouldn't be a surprise if he's on the ice Friday at Philadelphia and on Saturday vs. Florida. If he's not, though, at least the Caps are getting a pair of teams near the bottom of the standings.

In other Caps news, they also made a couple of callups from AHL Hershey, bringing up Michael Latta and defenseman Dmitry Orlov.

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