Ovechkin won't face Senators

The Ottawa Senators took on the Washington Capitals during NHL Hockey action at the Scotiabank...

The Ottawa Senators took on the Washington Capitals during NHL Hockey action at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa Dec. 6, 2011. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:12 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Washington Capitals will be without the Not So Great No. 8 Wednesday night in Ottawa.

Winger Alexander Ovechkin, who was limping after a 5-0 loss Monday in Raleigh, was on the ice for eight minutes at Scotiabank Place, left the ice for treatment and told reporters he wasn’t sure if he’s going to be able to play.

Coach Dale Hunter said he has a lower body injury.

“I wasn’t feeling well. We’ll see how I feel tonight,” said Ovechkin, who refused to shed any light on his injury and has been inconsistent on the ice all season.

Ovechkin missing the game is a break for the Senators.

The Senators are returning to Scotiabank Place on a three-game winning streak, but they are winless (0-2-1) vs. Washington this season and they’ve been outscored 10-6 in those outings.

“They’ve been good games,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson. “They’re a team that everybody thought would be higher up in the standings. I think they’re searching for their identity.

“Every team that plays them doesn’t want to be the team that allows them to get it going again. They have so many good players and skilled players that if you’re not prepared to play hard against them, they’re going to hurt you.”

Coach Paul MacLean won’t make any lineup changes. Centre Zenon Konopka and defenceman Matt Carkner will be scratched for the fourth straight game.

Goalie Craig Anderson will make the start.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

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