Ovechkin "got a little banged up" in Washington's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday, coach Adam Oates said. He did not participate in pregame warmups after being deemed a "game-time decision" Tuesday morning.
It will be the third game that Ovechkin has missed due to injury this season; he sat out two games in early November with a right shoulder injury.
The Capitals will look to snap their season-high five-game winless streak (0-3-2) without their captain and the NHL's leading goal scorer. Ovechkin has scored three of the team's seven goals during the winless skid.
Washington is 13-8-2 without Ovechkin since he entered the League in 2005-06.
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website