Ovechkin out when Capitals host Predators

Nashville (4-4-0) at Washington (4-3-1) 7:00 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON (Ticker) — The Washington Capitals will be without
reigning Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday when they
host the Nashville Predators.

Ovechkin has returned to his native Russia to visit his ailing
grandfather. The Capitals did not disclose when Ovechkin would
return to the club, stating that the 23-year-old left wing
officially is listed as day-to-day.

“It’s tough because it has nothing to do with team and it has
everything to do with family,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau
said. “Everybody here, if a loved one that was very close to us
was not in good health, we’d feel the same way.

“Sometimes he bottles it all up inside. But you can tell by the
way he relates with his mother and father that they’ve got a
very close family relationship. So with his grandfather being
as sick as he is, I would assume that it would bother him
greatly. It would bother me if it was my mother or father or

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Although Ovechkin will not be available, the Capitals said
Monday that they likely will not make a roster move since they
currently are carrying two extra forwards – David Steckel and
Eric Fehr – on their roster.

Washington also has Alexander Semin, who is off to the fastest
start in team history and is tied for the NHL lead in points.
Semin has seven goals and seven assists in the first eight
games, becoming the quickest player on the Capitals to reach 14