Alex Ovechkin to miss Friday's game vs. Flyers with upper body injury

Thursday October 31st, 2013

Alex Ovechkin will be re-evaluated for Saturday's home game vs. the Panthers. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Alex Ovechkin will be re-evaluated for Saturday's home game vs. the Panthers. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss Friday's road game against the Philadelphia Flyers, his first missed game via injury since February of last year.

According to a tweet Thursday morning from NBC Washington reporter Adam Vingan, Ovechkin will miss the game because of an upper body injury suffered in the first period of the team's 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks this past Monday.

The 28-year-old sat out Wednesday's practice so the scratch from Friday's game, although a rarity for Ovechkin, shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Head coach Adam Oates would not disclose the actual injury but did confirm it's not a concussion.

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Caps defenseman Mike Green had told Chuck Gormley of CSN after it was reported that Ovechkin would miss practice that he thinks he is fine and just needs some rest:

"He's obviously our key contributor and he's got a hot stick right now, so somebody else will have to step up and fill his spot. I don't know where's he's at. I think he's OK. I think this is more of a rest for him. We'll see."

Ovechkin leads the team with 15 points, and his 10 goals is second in the league. The Caps are currently 5-7 and fifth in the Metropolitan Division heading into Friday's game vs. the Flyers. Ovechkin will be re-evaluated for Washington's home game on Saturday vs. the Florida Panthers.

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