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Slumping Caps without Ovechkin (groin) again tonight vs. Devils

Jan 24, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals will be without the services of their captain for the second consecutive game tonight in New Jersey.

The Caps ruled out Alex Ovechkin on Friday with a lower-body injury, meaning the club will now seek to end its season-long six-game losing streak without its leading scorer.

Needless to say, the loss is profound.

Ovechkin’s 35 goals account for more than one-quarter of Washington’s offense on the year and, lately, that offense has sputtered. The Caps have just seven goals over their losing skid, and were shut out 2-0 against Ottawa in their first game sans Ovi (it was the third time Washington’s been shut out this season.)

Ovechkin has been remarkably durable over his nine-year career, having never missed more than 10 games in a season. While it’s unclear of the severity of this injury, missing two games in a row so close to the Olympics will definitely raise some eyebrows, as Ovechkin is expected to be one of the leaders for the Russian team at the Winter Games in Sochi — a team that’s under intense pressure to do well following a disastrous sixth-place finish four years ago in Vancouver.

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  1. capsrockva - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Go Caps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. dipthatchip - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I’m trying to stay positive here, but I don’t know how many more games of non-existent offense, lazy defense, and barely average goaltending I can endure.

    GMGM, please shake things up so that your tenure has one good trade to accompany the myriad of garbage contracts, extensions, summer signings, and deadline swaps. At the end of the day you can laugh all the way to bank, whereas Capitals faithful are only left with this on ice ‘product’

  3. acieu - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Please Ted trade Oates for Jon Cooper.

    • jaguar0413 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      I’d tell him to trade GMGM for Yzerman but there’s no way Tampa would do that trade.

  4. dsume001 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    seems to me that higher powers are allowing ovi to quietly miss games with vague injuries right about the time he is gearing up for olympics, in which his home country is hosting and has made him the poster-boy. there is no way the caps can win without him in the line-up. this is quickly becoming a lost season.

    • jaguar0413 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      You are a moron. Do you seriously believe that a team paying a guy $9 million a year is going to let him intentionally miss games so he can play in the Olympics? Especially for team Russia? He hurt his groin end of story.

      Maybe USA Hockey called the Wild and told them to make up Parise’s foot injury so he would be fresh for Sochi? Jeez I think you stumbled upon a conspiracy. Good work!

  5. logicalcomment - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    he’s resting for the olympics !

  6. logicalcomment - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    and nothing “higher powers” can do if a player says he’s injured

  7. penguins87and71 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Caps could be in a lot of trouble. I’m not trying to be negative or anything like that, but I’m not so sure Oviechkin is going to be back soon. Groin injuries take a long time to heal and they are a nagging injury.

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