Brooks Laich missed all but nine games for the Washington Capitals last season. He had a nagging groin issue that prevented him from being his usual handy self out on the ice, and those problems seem to have extended into this campaign as well. He tweaked his groin during Washington’s 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on November 27 and hasn’t been back out on the ice since.
Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reported this morning that Laich missed yet another practice, indicating that the issue might be a little more serious than was originally thought. After being considered day-to-day initially, the Capitals have ruled him out for the third consecutive game as he’s officially been declared unable to play tomorrow night.
Brooks Laich won’t play vs Carolina tomorrow, Braden Holtby will start vs Canes.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) December 2, 2013
Laich’s injury forced Martin Erat back into the lineup. The disgruntled forward hadn’t been playing since making his trade demands public last week, but he’s been centering the fourth line with Laich on the shelf.
At this point it’s unclear how long the nine-year veteran will be unavailable for, but Washington doesn’t play again this week until a back-to-back series on Saturday and Sunday.