The Washington Times - March 21, 2011, 10:29AM

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Capitals have a chance to clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but Alex Ovechkin won’t be there to help.

Ovechkin won’t travel with the Caps to face the Flyers, according to the team.


“Well he’s had some nagging injuries for a while now that have bothered him,” coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday, “and we’ve only had one game in six days, and so we thought this would be the best time to get completely healed up so by the time he starts playing again, he’ll be 100 percent healthy.”

McPhee told the site Ovechkin would miss 7-10 days.

Ovechkin is by far Washington’s leading scorer with 77 points and hasn’t missed a game this season.

“If you’ve also seen that he hasn’t practiced with the team in a while, too,” Boudreau said. “He wants to feel better. He doesn’t like waking up every morning and feeling that he has to go through an hour of just doing stuff to get ready to practice or play. He wants to feel healthy. The playoffs are very important to him, and he wants to be at his best when we arrive there.”

Mike Green was not on the ice for Caps practice Monday, and Eric Fehr is questionable to play at the Flyers. Jason Arnott is already out for that game and likely both this weekend - at Ottawa and at Montreal.

That could likely mean D.J. King and Jay Beagle both playing against the first-place Flyers.