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Ovechkin a gametime decision

Saturday, 11.14.2009 / 12:57 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Ovechkin a gametime decision
The Capitals have been playing well enough without Alex Ovechkin that he can take his time returning to the lineup.

The two-time reigning MVP has missed five games since sustaining an upper body injury against Columbus on Nov. 1. Without him, Washington has gone 4-1, and their only loss was a 3-2 defeat to the Devils at Prudential Center on Nov. 4.

"If I’m going to play tonight, I’m just going to do my best," Ovechkin said after a long morning session on Saturday. "If it’s hurt, it’s hurt. If it’s not, it’s not. If you step to the ice and play, you have to play 100 percent."

The Devils (13-4-0, 26 pts) can tie the Capitals (12-3-4, 28 pts) for the most points in the Eastern Conference tonight, when the teams square off at the Rock. Despite missing the past two weeks, Ovechkin still sits atop the Caps' scoring list with 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points.

Ovechkin had three goals and five assists in four games against New Jersey last season, but was limited to one assist in his only appearance against Martin Brodeur. This year, he recorded two assists in his lone meeting with New Jersey on Oct. 12. The Devils rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a shootout, and Brodeur denied Ovechkin on Washington's final shootout attempt.

"Great team, great goalie," said Ovechkin, who has 443 points (233g-210a) in 338 career games. "Everybody knows their strength: they like to play defensively. But it seems like they have great skills guys and they can be very good defensively too."




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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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