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Capitals Vs. Senators: Alex Ovechkin Will Not Play Due To 'Lower-Body Injury'

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will not play Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators because of a lower-body injury, according to WashingtonCaps.com Senior Writer Mike Vogel.

After leaving Monday's 5-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes with what head coach Dale Hunter called an "equipment issue," Ovechkin did not practice Tuesday before skating for only eight minutes Wednesday. After morning skate Wednesday, Ovechkin said he was not feeling well and would see how he felt closer to game time, a sentiment Hunter reiterated a few moments later when he told reporters that Ovechkin would be a game-time decision with a lower-body injury.

Now that Ovechkin will officially be absent from the roster, the Caps will have to try to snap a two-game losing streak without their biggest offensive producers and two leading scorers: Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (concussion). Dennis Wideman will be Washington's active leading scorer Wednesday with 38 points.

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