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Pucking the trends: No-vechkin and swine flu issues

This week at, Ari looks at the Ovechkin injury, H1N1 in the dressing room, Tampa’s shootout woes and more.


The Washington Capitals announced that Alex Ovechkin is week-to-week with an upper-body strain.

According to Washington Times writer Corey Masisak, the Capitals don’t usually place the “week-to-week” label on a player unless the injury is serious. Washington coach Bruce Boudreau hopes Ovechkin won’t miss more than two weeks.

Boudreau has indicated that Washington will have to play a more defensive game in Ovechkin’s absence.

“A goal a game he scores, so we got to play better defense and cannot allow four or five goals a game.”

In three games without Ovechkin last year the Caps were 1-2, averaging only 1.67 goals per game.

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