Washington Capitals suffer injury blow

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Alex Ovechkin could miss the Washington Capitals' clash with the New Jersey Devils after missing practice on Thursday, reports ESPN

The winger picked up a lower-body injury in his team's match against the New York Rangers on January 19 and hasn't participated in practice since. 

Ovechkin was absent from the Capitals team that went down 2-0 against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday at the Verizon Center and he could now miss tomorrow's match. 

However, the star could still feature against the Devils as he will travel with the team to New Jersey.

And ahead of tomorrow's match, Capitals coach Adam Oates revealed that Ovechkin will only play if he's ready. 

Speaking to the Washington Post, Oates said: "We're not going to put him in a position that he could play, hurt himself and set it back.

"If he's okay to go, obviously his conditioning would be behind so that's why you'd limit the minutes but if he's not ready to go we won't play him." 

The Capitals will be desperate for victory against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow having been beaten in their previous six matches. 

However they will have to overcome a Devils side who thrashed the St. Louis Blues 7-1 in their last outing. 

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