Alex Ovechkin misses practice for maintenance day; Evgeny Kuznetsov skates
ARLINGTON, Va. They say “Russian machine never breaks,” but sometimes that machine needs some maintenance.
Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin did not practice Thursday, one day before the team has a home game with division rival New Jersey, for “upper-body maintenance,” the Capitals said.
Ovechkin did skate at Wednesday’s practice.
In brighter news, Evgeny Kuznetsov fully practiced for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury, presumed to be a concussion, on Nov. 14. He’s missed six games with the injury, though the Capitals found a way to win all six.
Kuznetsov has not been medically cleared to play as of Thursday morning. He participated in Wednesday’s practice wearing a non-contact jersey.
T.J. Oshie also suffered a head injury on Nov. 14 and missed the past six games, but Oshie did not practice Thursday for the Capitals.
This post will be updated.