Caps star Alex Ovechkin to miss action with upper body injury

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

One of the things that makes Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin so great is his track record of staying healthy. The Great 8 has not missed NHL action since the 2011-12 season when he only sat out 4-games. Throughout his entire 8-year NHL career, not including this young season, Ovie has played 601 of a possible 622 games. Pretty amazing considering the physical nature in which the Caps sniper plays the game.

According to NHL.com, Alex Ovechkin suffered from soreness in the 1st period of an October 28 game against the Vancouver Canucks. As the game went on, the soreness increased. Ovie’s injury is being labelled as upper-body with no timeline announced. Read full NHL.com update by clicking this link.

Katie Carrera of the Washington Post has been providing up-to-the-minute updates regarding Ovechkin’s status over the next few days. Only minutes ago she tweeted the following:

 

 

As for when Ovechkin may return to the Capitals lineup, Carrera provides more insight with this tweet:

 

 

Caps head coach Adam Oates’ comment suggests Ovechkin’s injury is not overly serious and may only cause the captain to miss tonight’s game.

Ovechkin’s injury was suffered in a collision with Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. Yesterday Carrera confirmed that Ovie’s upper body ailment is not a concussion.

 

 

The last time Alex Ovechkin missed anything close to what could be labelled as significant time away from the rink was in 2009-10, also an Olympic year. The Caps franchise player sat out 10 games that season with a lower body injury that never became serious, nor did it prevent the franchise from winning its only ever Presidents’ trophy.