The Washington Times - February 23, 2012, 03:08PM

It is the Washington Capitals’ MO to call any injured player “day-to-day” so it shouldn’t be in the least bit shocking that Alex Ovechkin’s status was termed as such by coach Dale Hunter on Thursday.

Ovechkin skated 15 minutes by himself at the team’s practice facility in a powder blue jersey. He tried testing out his “lower-body” injury in similar fashion on Wednesday, attempting to make some full strides. That time he left the ice after eight minutes shaking his head in apparent frustration.


“He just tried it and he’ll rest today and see what it’s like tomorrow,” Hunter told reporters Thursday.

The Caps did line rushes again looking like they were preparing to play without Ovechkin, the team’s leading scorer with 24 goals and 21 assists. They’re 1-2-1 this season with the captain.