SOG: 152 | +/-: -8
Ovechkin is keenly aware that his 17 goals, 16 assists, 33 points, 152 shots, and one game-winning goal at this point of the season are not nearly enough for a player of his stature. Likewise, he knows that his tamed production is one of the reasons why Washington sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference heading into a showdown Wednesday against the similarly-slumping Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m., NBCSN).
"You know what, it's a situation when you go way high, and if you don't have those kinds of numbers, people think, 'He's done, he don't care about his personal stats, he don't care about nothing. He just go there, and if he score, he score,'" Ovechkin said. "I'm not that kind of person. I don't put my head down and say, 'OK, you guys, you won, I don't want to score goals and I don't want to play with my emotions.' I do my best."