Caps may not have Alex Ovechkin as Kings head to DC

Caps may not have Alex Ovechkin as Kings head to DC

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision Sunday afternoon when the Capitals, looking to avoid a third straight loss, host the Los Angeles Kings.Ovechkin, who has two goals and th

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision Sunday afternoon when the Capitals, looking to avoid a third straight loss, host the Los Angeles Kings.Ovechkin, who has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak, collided awkwardly with Jordan Staal in the third period of Friday’s 6-2 loss to the visiting Carolina Hurricanes and did not practice Saturday.The 38-year-old star has a team-leading 25 points in 37 games this season.Washington, seventh in the Metropolitan Division entering Saturday, has lost six of its last seven.Washington led 2-0 against Carolina before surrendering six unanswered goals.”I didn’t think it was close the entire game,” Washington coach Spencer Carbery said. “Even though we had the 2-0 lead, it never felt comfortable. It never felt like we had any momentum — other than on the scoreboard — so we knew we were in a really difficult spot and couldn’t flip it.”The Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and 9-6-4 on home ice this season.Rasmus Sandin (illness) didn’t practice Saturday and will not play Sunday. Sandin has five helpers in his last five games.Dylan Strome has a team-leading 14 goals in 37 games. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is 9-9-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage.Washington edged host Los Angeles 2-1 on Nov. 29 in the only other meeting this season.The Kings enter Sunday’s contest riding a season-worst four-game losing streak after dropping a 4-3 shootout to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

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