Alex Ovechkin misses practice for maintenance day; Evgeny Kuznetsov skates


ARLINGTON, Va. — They say “Russian machine never breaks,” but sometimes that machine needs some maintenance.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin did not practice Thursday, one day before the team has a home game with division rival New Jersey, for “upper-body maintenance,” the Capitals said.

Ovechkin did skate at Wednesday’s practice.

In brighter news, Evgeny Kuznetsov fully practiced for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury, presumed to be a concussion, on Nov. 14. He’s missed six games with the injury, though the Capitals found a way to win all six.

Kuznetsov has not been medically cleared to play as of Thursday morning. He participated in Wednesday’s practice wearing a non-contact jersey.

T.J. Oshie also suffered a head injury on Nov. 14 and missed the past six games, but Oshie did not practice Thursday for the Capitals.

This post will be updated.

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