NHL Buzz: Ovechkin likely back for Capitals against Islanders

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Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin practiced Friday and is expected to play at the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The forward didn’t practice Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

“Trying to skate today. See how it goes tomorrow,” Ovechkin said Friday. “You don’t want to get hurt. You don’t want to feel any pain in your body.”

Ovechkin is third in the NHL with 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) in 37 games. He has not missed a game this season.

“I thought he looked good. He made it through everything,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. It’s his body and he’s the one who’s dealing with it so, he made it through today. That’s a good thing. He looked good.” — Harvey Valentine

 
Anaheim Ducks

Troy Terry was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol on Friday and could miss their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

The forward leads Anaheim in goals (22) and points (36) in 38 games this season.

Anaheim also recalled defenseman Jacob Larsson from the taxi squad. He has no points in two games this season.

 

Montreal Canadiens

Jake Allen will be out at least one week after the goalie was injured Wednesday in the first period of a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Allen left the game with 2:49 remaining in the period. He is 5-16-2 with a 3.15 goals-against average and .901 save percentage as Montreal’s No. 1 goalie with Carey Price not playing yet this season.

Sam Montembeault replaced Allen on Wednesday. Goalie Cayden Primeau was recalled from the taxi squad on an emergency basis, and goalie Michael McNiven was reassigned to the taxi squad from Laval of the America Hockey League.

 
Edmonton Oilers

Mike Smith will be out 1-2 weeks for the Oilers with a partial tear in a tendon in his thumb.

The goalie played in Edmonton’s most recent game, a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 5, allowing three goals on 32 shots.

Smith is 2-2-1 with a 3.76 goals-against average and .898 save percentage and has been limited to six games this season because of lower-body and upper-body injuries.

Stuart Skinner will be recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League to back up Mikko Koskinen when the Oilers host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

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