Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is flying home to be with his family in Moscow after the death of his uncle. Below is a news release from the team:

Alex Ovechkin will be returning to Moscow to attend to his family after the death of a close relative in Moscow, Russia.  Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Alex and his family.  We sincerely ask that you respect his privacy at this time.

A team spokesman said the Capitals are hopeful Ovechkin will be able to return for Saturday’s season opener against the Hurricanes at Verizon Center.