NEW YORK (AP) -Alex Ovechkin isn't saying for sure, but all signs suggest his injury absence is over and he'll play against the New York Rangers.
The two-time NHL MVP practiced with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday night's game in New York.
Ovechkin has missed six games because of an upper body injury, believed to be a left shoulder strain. He entered Tuesday tied for the NHL lead with 14 goals despite playing only 14 games.
Ovechkin says he's excited to play again.
"It's going to be a pretty cool moment for me," he says.
Ovechkin got hurt against Columbus on Nov. 1. The Southeast Division-leading Capitals have won four of six games since he was hurt.