Did you look that up or just make it up? I haven't looked up, nor do I care to, but I'm mildly curious.
its pretty much sop, my friend. its a function of real life outside of the job. go out of town for two weeks. travel home. there's two weeks of stuff piled up on the kitchen table or your office desks. if your married, there's two weeks of honey do's. if you are a parent, the kids demand your time.
then the next day you are supposed to play a hockey game. if you are not 100% prepared, its a professional league and any team in the league can clip your wings if you are the slightest bit slowed down. zap.
its typical. watch what happens when the caps return for this road trip. it might not be that way because iirc the itinerary calls for the caps to come home before they finish the road trip. they come home before the flyers game and then travel to philly for that game. watch to see if they don't get smoked in philly.
No Ovechkin at practice...but game isnt until Friday.
I'm all for always practicing always trying to get better and improve and stay consistent, but honestly he's the last person on this team that needs the extra practice. if it wasn't for him can you imagine how this team would look?