Alex Ovechkin closing in on a milestone goal, injuries mounting for the Blues, an update on Connor McDavid and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Alex Ovehckin skated end-to-end through the Rangers defense and delivered the 499th goal of his career in overtime to give the Capitals a thrilling road victory. Check out the notable highlights from yesterday’s NHL action.

 Notable NHL Headlines.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebtrates his 499th career NHL goal.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebtrates his 499th career NHL goal.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Having scored career goals 498 and 499 yesterday against the New York Rangers, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has the opportunity today to pot number 500 at home when he and his teammates face off against the Ottawa Senators

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano reached his 400th game behind the Isles bench on Thursday against the Capitals. He’s also second all-time for most games by an Islanders coach.

PHILLY.COM: Having shed the supposedly untradeable contracts of Chris Pronger and Vincent Lecavalier, Flyers GM Ron Hextall has cleared sufficient cap space to boost his roster either at the trade deadline or in the offseason. He might not be done freeing up cap space, as he could buy out the remainder of struggling winger R.J. Umberger’s contract in June.

THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings placed defenseman Jakub Kindl on waivers.

NHL Injury Update.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie center Connor McDavid (broken clavicle) will return to action on Feb. 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

STLTODAY.COM: Injuries are mounting for the St. Louis Blues. Having lost goaltender Jake Allen, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and center Paul Stastny during Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, forward Magnus Paajarvi and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left yesterday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.

NJ.COM: The Devils placed forward Jiri Tlusty (upper body) on injured reserve, joining Mike Cammalleri (upper body), Patrik Elias (knee) and Jacob Josefson (foot).

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (concussion) is close to returning to action.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres skated with his teammates yesterday in practice for the first time since suffering a concussion on Oct. 16.