During pregame warmups, the top line consisted of Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie. Stanislav Galiev entered the lineup in Ovechkin’s place and skated on the fourth line with Michael Latta and Sean Collins.
Ovechkin scored 53 goals and 28 assists last season, and he had only missed 22 games in 10 seasons. He has 476 goals, including the go-ahead score in the Capitals’ season-opening 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils. Ovechkin is also a key piece to Washington’s power play, which was the best in the regular season last year, as he regularly fires slap shots from the left faceoff circle.