By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
We’ve hit the mid-point of the NHL season with the league’s week-long All-Star break beginning Thursday. As some players break from regular-season play to attend the All-Star game on Jan. 31, the Washington Capitals sit atop the Eastern Conference, while the Chicago Blackhawks lead the Western.
Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.
• The Capitals announced that forward Alex Ovechkin will miss the All-Star game with a lower body injury.
• Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman appeared to intentionally cross check linesman Don Henderson during their loss to the Nashville Predators. However, Wideman insists colliding with Henderson was unintentional and has already apologized to him, reports Pro Hockey Talk.
• Capitals forward Marcus Johansson suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Wednesday’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced. The seriousness of the injury is still unknown.
• The Washington Capitals were voted most likely to win the Stanley Cup this season by NHL coaches.