According to a report in the Washington Post, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, the NHL’s leading goal scorer, was injured this morning in practice after taking a hard slap shot off of his right foot. Ovechkin limped to the bench and was helped to the locker room.
Despite reports from the team that the injury is not serious, The Great Eight was seen smashing hockey sticks on the way to the locker room in frustration. That is never a good sign from an injured player, so this is certainly something to keep an eye on.
The news is only getting worse for the Caps. After beating the Bruins in overtime on the road, they are now fighting a two game losing skid after getting blown out by Florida and Carolina in back to back games.
Overall, the Caps are amidst one of their best seasons in franchise history; they currently sit comfortably atop the Southeastern division.
At this point, the question is not whether or not they will make the playoffs. The big questions are: (1) can this team stay healthy throughout the post-season and is the Ovechkin injury serious? And (2) is Jose Theodore good enough between the pipes to lead this team to the Stanley Cup?
Despite giving up at least five goals in the last two games, the Caps defense is sound and their offense is one of the best in the league. Caps fans need to keep an eye on the health of Ovechkin and look to see if Theodore heats up heading into the playoffs.