"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.