The Great 8, Alexander Ovechkin has now missed 4 games with an upper body injury, but the rest of the Capitals seem to have picked up the slack and they have almost not missed their superstar.
At the end of the day, a couple of weeks off might be just benefit him as an 82 game season can take its toll on the players bodies.
However, I suspect that the NHL itself misses his presence, perhaps more than the Capitals, certainly I feel sorry for teams who are visited only once this season by Washington who miss their one chance to see him play.
Personally, being based in the UK, I don't get to see live games.... but ESPN America appears to have a lot of Washington games on at the moment... presumably to highlight Ovechkin.
So... who do you think misses him most?
Well Ovechkin is back from his injury which is great! I'm a caps fan and I believe we did miss Ovechkin, since he is the highlight of the team.
The only reason the Capitals are well known is because of Ovechkin. The MVP and top goal-scorer with Semin and Backstrom really highlights the team.
Without Ovechkin I think the Capitals did alright. They lost some, won most, but the games just didn't feel right without the gr8.
Now that he's back, everything seems normal again and I believe the Capitals should be able to maintain their top position in the conference.