Is Alex Ovechkin playing? Positive COVID-19 diagnosis sidelines Capitals star for NHL All-Star Game



The NHL All-Star recreation will go on with out one of many league’s prime stars this weekend. 

After testing constructive for COVID-19, Capitals ahead Alex Ovechkin will miss the NHL All-Star recreation as mandated by the league’s present protocols. The Capitals introduced Ovechkin’s prognosis on Wednesday afternoon, forward of the Capitals matchup with the Oilers. 

Capitals teammate Tom Wilson replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division roster, the NHL introduced.

Ovechkin was voted as captain for the Metropolitan Division workforce for the matchup this weekend, and obtained probably the most votes amongst all NHL gamers. Regardless of the affirmation of the captain’s absence for the third-consecutive All Star recreation, the league hasn’t introduced any potential replacements. 

A couple of day earlier than Ovechkin examined constructive, the NHL and NHLPA launched their plan to revise the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Every workforce can now take away day by day testing necessities for totally vaccinated people and “enhanced measures” for COVID-19 prevention and detection, based on a press release from the league that was issued on Monday. The up to date protocols are taking impact following every workforce’s last recreation earlier than the NHL All-Star break. 

Per the league’s older protocols, Ovechkin is required to isolate for 5 days earlier than he can return to the workforce with a unfavorable PCR check and analysis from the workforce doctor. All gamers, together with asymptomatic totally vaccinated gamers, have been nonetheless required to check day by day. 

With Ovechkin testing constructive forward of the Capitals recreation towards the Oilers on Wednesday, the workforce’s last contest earlier than the break, the league’s prime ahead is unable to return and make his eighth look on the All-Star recreation in Las Vegas. 

He was beforehand positioned on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol-related absences checklist evening after he and several other members of the Capitals gathered in a resort room throughout a current journey in violation of league protocols. Gamers are prohibited from working towards or taking part in whereas on the checklist, and they are often taken off the checklist at any time.

Ovechkin, 36, was voted as an All-Star 12 instances and has performed within the recreation seven instances. He has 29 targets and 29 assists this season and is fifth within the league general with 58 factors. 

Though Ovechkin is not going to be current in Las Vegas, the All-Star recreation remains to be anticipated to start out with abilities competitions on Friday evening. The occasions will proceed into the weekend with challenges adopted by the official All-Star recreation which is slated to start out at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. 



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