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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."




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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 28 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 34 5 15 -11 20
M. Zidlicky 35 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 33 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 28 4 6 2 10
A. Greene 35 0 9 -3 9
T. Zajac 27 4 4 -6 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 3 .915 2.57