For all the talk about Alex Ovechkin's struggles, one explanation hasn't really seen the light of day: he's hurt. That may indeed be the case. Ovechkin was holding his left wrist throughout practice today, and coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that he had a cortisone shot after the team's loss to Tampa Bay.
Alex Ovechkin had a cortisone shot and wasn't allowed to handle the puck yesterday or today but is expected to be back tomorrow. Boudreau said he thinks whatever it is (he wouldn't say but the wrist is a good bet, obviously) has been bothering Ovechkin for a while.
Ovechkin wore a yellow non-contact jersey during practice and has been prohibited from handling the puck, according to Kate Carrera of the Washington Post. However, he says he will be okay to practice on Friday and play in the team's game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
"I'm going to be OK," Ovechkin said after the skate. "Bruce gave me some skating, no puck handling, nothing. He told me just [to] be relaxing and ready for Saturday."
He then insisted he didn't have an injury. I'm guessing he'll be okay for Saturday.