Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took a whirl on the ice prior to practice on Thursday but did not join the team for the skate. Per the team, he will not practice due to precautionary reasons (upper-body).
Ovechkin was on the ice and skated around before heading over to the bench, chatting with head coach Peter Laviolette and then heading to the dressing room and did not return.
It is unclear exactly what the upper-body ailment is for Ovechkin. He took a maintenance day on Jan. 6 and another on Tuesday. Wednesday was an off day.
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Ovechkin has not missed a game this season and is having a standout campaign. He got off to the best start of his career and is up to 24 goals and 52 points through 37 games, ranking third overall in scoring this season and second in goals.
The Capitals captain may also earn a selection to the 2022 NHL All-Star Game. Those teams will be revealed on Thursday.