Alex Ovechkin did not play against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday as he’s still day to day with a lower body injury. But there was some good news. The Washington Capitals held a practice today in Denver, Colorado and Ovechkin participated.
It’s unknown if it means he will play tomorrow night but day to day and practicing is better than day to day without practicing. So good sign.
Ovechkin has 30 goals and 22 assists for 52 points thus far. He is on pace to score 51 goals this season. Should he reach the 50 goal mark, he would pass Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy with 10 50 goals seasons, the most in NHL history. He would also pass Gretzky for the most 40 goal seasons in NHL history.
Ovechkin has reached 100 or more points four times in his NHL career. His most was 112 set in the 2007-08 season where he led the league with 65 goals.
His most recent 100 point season was in 2009-10 when he had 50 goals and 59 assists for 109 points. That was the year the Caps offense was the best in the NHL and would go on to win the President’s Trophy for the most points in the NHL regular season.
Last season Ovechkin came close as he finished with 50 goals and 40 assists for 90 points. The key for Ovechkin to have a 100 point season this year is no more injuries. If that lower body injury is the only injury he’ll suffer this season, he has a good shot at reaching the 100 point mark.
At practice today Ovechkin was running on a four man line with Dylan Strome, Nicolas Aube Kubel and Aliaksei Protas. Coach Peter Laviolette said he looked good at practice but he’s technically still day to day. They’ll see how he feels tomorrow.
The Caps will take on the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night in the final game of their three game, west coast road trip.