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Ovechkin a gametime decision

Saturday, 11.14.2009 / 12:57 PM / 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."




SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51