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Thurs Injury Update

(2/23/12) Alex Ovechkin was a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Senators, and he ended up taking the night off with an undisclosed lower-body injury.  There is speculation the injury is to his leg, and it may have occured on this hit from Bryan Allen at the 16 second mark of the video.



According to the Washington Post, Ovie skated by himself Thursday for about 15 minutes, testing his legs at half speed for a bit, but then pulling up when he tried to go full out.  The Caps play back-to-back games Friday and Saturday - consider Ovechkin questionable for both starts.

In Colorado, defenseman Erik Johnson's 4-game point streak came to an end, as he left with back spasms after the first period and did not return.  He's day-to-day going forward.

James Wisniewski is set to return for the Blue Jackets on Friday.  He's missed two games with a groin strain, but he practiced without restriction Thursday and is probable going into tomorrow night.

Buffalo forward Brad Boyes missed practice Thursday.  Some reports are saying it's the flu, but the Sabres have used that excuse several times with Boyes in the last month.  It's the second time in the last week he's skipped a session, and his ice-time has been erratic as of late.  We have to wonder if there isn't more to it than a mere cold...

For the Flames, Curtis Glencross is back in action tonight against the Coyotes.  He's missed 13 games with a sprained MCL and wasn't expected back for a couple more weeks.  He has 33 points in 45 starts, and it looks like a lot of owners cut him loose after the injury - he's only owned in a quarter of Yahoo leagues.  He's a solid depth option at left wing if you're in need.  Teammate Derek Smith is also probable for tonight's game after missing 22 games with an ankle injury.

Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward is doubtful for Thursday.  He's battling an undisclosed lower-body injury.  

Jonathan Toews is expected to miss a third consecutive game tonight with an upper-body injury, and it sounds like the situation could linger.  According to ESPN, the Hawks have not confirmed whether Toews will accompany the team on its upcoming road trip.  Also worth noting, Toews was involved in a minor car accident Thursday but was uninjured. 

For Dallas, Jamie Benn was reportedly targeting a return tonight, but he's been re-evaluated and likely won't be back until next Tuesday.  He's downgraded to doubtful for Thursday and Friday and is still recovering from a cut to his leg.  The Stars will likely have Sheldon Souray in the lineup though, who is probable against the Hawks.

Ed Jovanovski of the Panthers is another defenseman ready to make his return.  He missed the last 14 games with a broken hand.

And Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu is not travelling with the team on its current two-game road trip, which means the earliest he'll be back is Sunday against the Sharks.