Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard will not return Thursday against Pelicans

Leonard, who received first-team All-NBA honors the previous two seasons, resumed working out in San Antonio on Feb. 27 and is feeling “much better,” according to the source. There remains optimism that he will return this season, the source said.

The Spurs (37-30) have lost 11 of their past 14 and are currently 10th in the Western Conference standings with 15 games remaining. They haven’t missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season.

Calhoun, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, batted .243 with one home run and five RBIs this spring. His demotion likely means that Ryan Rua and Drew Robinson will start the season in a platoon in left field for the Rangers.

The 5-foot-8 Calhoun appeared in 13 games late last season with the Rangers, batting .265. He batted .300 with 31 homers in 128 games at the Triple-A level last season in the Dodgers and Rangers organizations.

Forward Johnny Gaudreau said he and his teammates definitely realize the importance of bouncing back with a victory.

“Especially where we’re at in the standings and how important each game is,” said Gaudreau, who had a goal and an assist against the Islanders to run his point-scoring streak to five games.

Columbus scored its three first-period goals on its first seven shots. … Jones has a goal in three straight games. He scored twice Friday against Detroit. … The Canadiens dropped to 9-22-4 on the road. … Montreal wrapped up its six-game trip with a 1-4-1 mark and allowed nine power-play goals.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has become the 20th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals, further cementing his status as one of the league’s all-time best offensive talents.

The Capitals captain scored twice Monday night in Washington’s 3-2 overtime win over the Cheap College Basketball Jerseys Winnipeg Jets to reach the milestone in his 990th regular-season game. No. 600 came 3 Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men minutes, 53 seconds into the second period and marked his 42nd goal this season, which leads the NHL.

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