"I have to get all set for the second half of the year. Ovechkin at age 34 opted to prioritize extra rest over a trip to St. Louis in late January. Throughout his first 13 seasons, Ovechkin made seven all-star appearances."If I was 21, yeah, I'm healthy, I'm great, but I have to believe about the 2nd half of the year and the playoffs," Ovechkin said.

Alex Ovechkin has actually decided to skip NHL All-Star Weekend for the 2nd successive year to get rested and ready for the 2nd half of the routine season and playoffs.

"I have to get all set for the 2nd half of the year. Throughout his first 13 seasons, Ovechkin made seven all-star appearances."If I was 21, yeah, I'm healthy, I'm excellent, however I have to think about the 2nd half of the year and the playoffs," Ovechkin stated.