Ovechkin, Carlson on the ice for optional skate, both remain day-to-day

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Ovechkin, Carlson on the ice for optional skate, both remain day-to-day originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson both took a step towards returning to action on Friday as both took part in Friday's optional skate. Both are still considered day-to-day for Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For Ovechkin, this is the first time he has been on the ice for practice since he suffered a lower-body injury on April 22 against the New York Islanders. He has missed three straight games and could potentially miss a fourth straight due to injury .

"Alex is day-to-day," head coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's great that he's out on the ice. I always say that's kind of the first sign, the first step to a way back in the lineup at some point, but at this point he's day-to-day."

Ovechkin missed four straight games earlier in the season when he landed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list. He has not missed at least four straight games due to injury since November 2009.

Carlson missed Thursday's game against the Penguins due to a lower-body injury. Though he was on the ice for longer than Ovechkin on Friday, Laviolette also labeled him as day-to-day. 

The Caps face Pittsburgh again for the final time this season on Saturday (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). Both teams sit tied for first place in the East Division with 69 points.