Alex Ovechkin broke some news in his postgame interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Al Koken.
“One more game before the All-Star Break, are we going to see you in the lineup?” Koken asked.
“Yeah,” Ovechkin said. “See ya!”
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 17, 2020
After the game, head coach Todd Reirden confirmed the news.
“Yes, he’s going to play on Saturday against the Islanders,” Reirden said.
Ovechkin must miss one game due to voluntarily skipping the All-Star Game. He will instead miss the game against the Montreal Canadiens that will be taking place after the All-Star Break on Monday, January 27.
“Thanks, first of all, to fans for voting me,” Ovechkin said in late December of his decision. “It’s a hard decision. I have to listen to my body. I have to get ready for the second half of the year. I have to be healthy and focus on different things. It’s hard decision obviously being captain in All-Star Game but I have to do what’s best for me and my team.”
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