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Fantasy Spin: Capitals decide to rest Ovechkin

by Sergei J. Feldman
Alex Ovechkin is one of the League's most productive, talented and physical players.

And he needs a break.

The Washington Capitals have decided to rest the Russian sniper for 7-10 days and allow him to recover from an undisclosed nagging injury with the hopes of being fully healthy come the chase for Lord Stanley's Cup in mid-April.

While the absence of Ovechkin will take away the Capitals' potency, it won't hurt them too much, as they've gone 9-1-0 in a recent 10-game stretch at a time of the year that separates the League's elite teams from the good and average.

However, at this time of year, your fantasy rosters might not take too kindly to the Capitals' decision. Heading down the stretch in your season, nearly 30 goals, 50 assists, 80 points, 332 shots and 225 hits are leaving your lineup. That's for the season on the whole and, for his standards, it's a down year.

But of late, Ovechkin has played some of his best hockey, tallying 15 points in his past 11 games.

That's a quite the stat line to be rid of.

Interestingly, other marquee players like Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler of the playoff-clinching Vancouver Canucks could face a similar fate down the stretch. So might Philadelphia's Claude Giroux and Danny Briere.

Pay close attention to the NHL standings and keep in mind the possibility of roster tweaks down the stretch and act accordingly to ensure your team stays competitive.

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