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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59